People and companies start discovering that an office is not always the best place for work. On one hand, social and creative people feel stuck in an office environment, especially if it is a phalanx of tiny work stations. On the other, empty offices and work stations are on the ready for employees who never turn up, because they work at client sites, run from meeting to meeting or spend their lives in planes and airports.
Telecommuting (working from a chosen location such as home or a cafe) seems to be the solution. In some of the most developed economies of the world, close to a third of people work wherever they want to. But there are a couple of essentials to consider before a company can switch to a new way of working.
If done properly, a flexible work arrangement can make miracles to productivity, cost-efficiency and morale. Based on simple guidelines of corporate strategy building, here are the basic decisions to make before your company can take a leap into the future of employment.