May 4, 2009

Telecommuting News Summary 050409

Is the Industry Prepared for a Swine Flu Pandemic?

Securities Industry News (subscription) - May 4, 2009
In the test, firms relied more heavily on telecommuting, which raised bandwidth concerns. While infrastructures have since been bolstered in some

Officescape® Provides Ways To Maintain Business Continuity During

Business Wire (press release) - May 4, 2009
The US federal government’s National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan cites the benefits of using telework and emergency office solutions

Furloughs and unpaid time off create wage-and-hour problems

Business Management DailyMay 4, 2009
Employers advertising themselves as “family-friendly” offered flextime, family leave, telecommuting and paid sick leave. When it comes to recruiting workers

IBM hailed as green employer

Georgina Advocate - May 4, 2009
Mr. Horgan said IBM allows employees to telecommute from home. It also installed showers and changing facilities for cyclists. IBM facilities are hooked up

Generational incentives need to bridge age groups: survey

Canada.comMay 4, 2009
By Derrick Penner, Canwest News serviceapril 17, 2009 Work-life initiatives, such as offering flexible schedules, compressed work weeks or telecommuting and

Tackling Information Overload

InfoToday.comMay 4, 2009
It made me grateful for my telecommuting/solo office work arrangement. Spira says that an important part of changing this picture is getting people to

Swine Flu, Telecommuting and New York’s Extraterritorial Taxation

OUPblogMay 4, 2009
To combat swine flu, we should encourage employees to telecommute from their homes rather than travel to their employers’ offices with their attendant

75% will get raises this year, but they’ll be smaller

Business Management DailyMay 4, 2009
While most employees say they prefer a pay raise, some organizations are offering them opportunities to work compressed weeks, telecommute or otherwise flex

Seeking help to manage swine flu scare

NJBIZ -May 4, 2009
Companies also are grappling with their rules for employee attendance, paid and unpaid leave, and telecommuting, their legal advisers said.

When boss says ‘no,’ new panels may say ‘yes’

Federal TimesMay 4, 2009
Berry also will set up an advisory group made up of OPM officials and experts to set goals to increase telework, identify problems that discourage telework

City Hall Reporter’s Notebook

Rutland Herald - May 4, 2009
Commuter Challenge,” which encourages state residents to walk, bike, carpool or even telecommute as opposed to driving solo. To help encourage participation

The Swine Flu Blues

Human Resource Executive OnlineMay 4, 2009
Denise Messineo, senior vice president of HR for Dimension Data Americas, says her company’s corporate culture — in which telecommuting is common — helped

The End of Message Fragments: Q&A With Relenta CEO Dmitri Eroshenko

E-Commerce Times - May 4, 2009
tool for geographically dispersed teams — and the downturn is forcing some companies to look overseas for cheaper labor and use telecommuting.

News from Vermont companies

BurlingtonFreePress.comMay 4, 2009
In the article, Country Walkers is recognized for giving employees a telecommuting option one day a week, a free Country Walkers trip for all staffers

IDC: UC moving mainstream in Asia

ZDNet Asia - May 4, 2009
More than 40 percent of respondents said they implemented telecommuting policies because of the availability of new UC tools.

IT managers prepared for the pandemic - May 4, 2009
He shipped out cellular data cards to help gain more control over the long-haul environment, but “successful telework programs sometimes come down to what

High tech battles the flu

Ottawa Business JournalMay 4, 2009
From his 15 years in labour law, he says he’s seen companies come up with ideas such as working in off-peak hours and telecommuting to reduce exposure

Southwest community calendar

News-Leader.comMay 4, 2009
school at least one day during that week without a car whether it’s riding a bike, taking public transportation, walking, carpooling, or telecommuting.

Route1 Completes Installation of DEFIMNET for the US Government’s (press release)May 4, 2009
DEFIMNET enables federal agencies to comply with the Act’s teleworking technology guidelines and incorporates telework into their continuity of operations

Teleworking: This Is Not A Drill - May 4, 2009
are obligatory and sometimes even useful in large organizations in or out of government), to requiring agencies to have a Telework Managing Officer.

Is telecommuting a way to avoid swine flu?

FutureGov MagazineMay 4, 2009
escalate to the point of widespread absenteeism or building closures, said Chuck Wilsker, president and CEO of The Telework Coalition in Washington, DC.

IT faces possible pandemic amid budget cutbacks

ComputerworldMay 4, 2009
Gartner Inc. analyst Rick DeLotto said he is advising clients to check their telecommuting capabilities and make sure assistant managers can take over if

Companies Devise Strategies for Flu Interruptions

Wall Street JournalMay 4, 2009
Manufacturing employees who can’t telecommute are encouraged to take personal days, says a company spokeswoman. Canadian telecom-equipment maker Nortel

I-90 bridge lane closure to begin

KING5.comMay 4, 2009
If you can stay home, and telecommute, take that option as much as you can. We do need people to divert,” said Russ East of the DOT.

Companies Devise Strategies for Flu Interruptions

Wall Street JournalMay 4, 2009
Manufacturing employees who can’t telecommute are encouraged to take personal days, says a company spokeswoman. Canadian telecom-equipment maker Nortel

Is Telecommuting the Way to Avoid Swine Flu?

PC World - May 4, 2009
The possibility of a widespread swine flu outbreak is prompting companies to think about business continuity and how options such as telework may become a

Swine flu and the workplace

Sydney Morning Herald - May 4, 2009
That can also include more telecommuting and use of video links and teleconferencing facilities. “Employers should have in place strategies to allow them to

One of the best family vacations includes scuba diving‎May 4, 2009
(One warning: Don’t try to telecommute on your vacation. Internet connections are iffy and not worth the angst. And, a warning: Bring industrial-strength

Consumer Electronics Help Nudge Economy

PC World‎May 3, 2009‎
Such a declaration might increase demand for technologies that support telecommuting, but it would hurt the travel industry and other businesses.

HHS Secretary Sebelius on ABC’s ‘This Week’‎May 3, 2009‎
And what do you do for telecommuting, for example? What do you do to make sure that if you have to restrict some production, you move it to some places

DARBI Networking Lunch Takes Place on May 5

Somerville News‎May 3, 2009‎
Davis Square residents who run home-based businesses, do freelance work, or telecommute will have an opportunity to meet, exchange ideas,

DISA ramps up recruitment in county

Annapolis Capital‎May 3, 2009‎
In an effort to retain its existing workforce, DISA is offering telework and alternate work schedules, as well as the shipping and storage of household

Borough has solid plan in place

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner‎May 3, 2009‎
emergency staffing plans for the public and private sector, including increasing telecommuting and flex scheduling,” according to the borough plan.

Let’s clear the air

Deseret News‎May 3, 2009‎
take public transportation or telecommute when air quality is the worst — it fights two vexing problems: high mountains and low valleys that trap

Workplace protections useful in curbing swine flu

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle‎May 3, 2009‎
include worker health education, “liberalizing” attendance policies, workplace illness screening, restriction of employee travel and telecommuting.

Movie Review and Q&A: Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer

/FILM‎May 2, 2009‎
The film is a labor of love for Rivera, who has been experimenting with the idea of a “telecommuting immigrant” ever since he read a Wired feature on the

Make Capital Region that desirable ‘place’

Albany Times Union‎May 2, 2009‎
Anyone can telecommute to a Silicon Valley or Tech Valley job from a ski slope in Utah, a beach in Hawaii, or a loft in New York City.

Creative alternatives to layoffs‎May 2, 2009‎
2009 Elsbeth Mehrer, manager of workforce development at Calgary Economic Development, says employers are driving the change toward telecommuting.

Telework gets a ‘giddyap’ from OPM‎May 2, 2009‎
By Matthew Weigelt Convene an advisory group of telework program managers to help create standards for telework policies. Have OPM review agencies’ telework

Retirement communities may benefit from Silver lining in economic‎May 2, 2009‎
it’s more common for younger retirees to move from more expensive cities; some even taking jobs for which they can telecommute to save money.

Here’s how you can travel green in the Tampa Bay area‎May 2, 2009‎
Telework. Talk to your employer about working from home some or all of the time; technology is a wonderful thing. By the way, if you’re choosing not to

When the office is a coffee shop, it’s a different buzz

Daily Comet‎May 2, 2009‎
School of Commu-nity and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia who wrote a book about the then emerg-ing world of “telework” in 2001.

BTN 2009 Best Employers in Tennessee

Business Tennessee‎May 2, 2009‎
Many employees take advantage of opportunities to telecommute, which contributes to the excellent results on annual employee satisfaction surveys.

Play it safe on the job if a colleague is sick

TMCnet‎May 2, 2009‎
Or, you might want to let them telecommute. Maybe it’s time to start thinking again about letting more of your workforce telecommute.

Getting the job done during a pandemic

Globe and Mail‎May 2, 2009‎
About 18000 employees are able to log in from home anywhere in Canada, including 700 customer service reps who already telecommute.

Small energy losses mount up‎May 2, 2009‎
Likewise, if you’re saving gas and time by telecommuting, your home energy bill may be slightly higher, according to the Alliance.

Swine Flu Online: Panic and Bad Information

Datamation‎May 1, 2009‎
For one thing, telework advocates and businesses are arguing that more people should work from home and that businesses’ disaster preparedness plans should

No SBC swine flu cases heading into weekend

Hollister Free Lance‎May 1, 2009‎
“Some suggestion may be telecommuting, alternative work schedules, identifying family members to watch children,” she said. “an alternative to what you have

Swine flu preparation on the Treasure Coast

Vero Beach Press-Journal (subscription)‎May 1, 2009‎
By staff report • Setting up special, liberal leave options, flexible work schedules or telecommuting so sick people can stay home.

Working Safely at H1N1′s Ground Zero

Occupational Health Safety‎May 1, 2009‎
At Dimension Data, working from home and telecommuting from geographically-dispersed locations are common practices. We regularly use advanced collaboration

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