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Huffington Post: Ten Tips to Create a Flexible, Virtual Work Environment

Posted by gansie on October 4, 2010

The workplace flexibility movement has two things going for it: one, it’s not going away, and two, just like the word itself, it can adapt and change to fit any organizational culture.

Business and Professional Women’s Foundation is a non-profit research and education organization that supports workforce development programs and workplace policies that recognize the diverse needs of working women, communities and businesses. That is not only how we fulfill our mission, but also how we conduct our operations internally. Through our own research, BPW Foundation recognized the empowering, productive and profitable qualities residing in a flexible, virtual office environment.

In May 2010, BPW Foundation went virtual. But not only did we leave our brick and mortar office behind, we also started operating under ROWE–Results Only Work Environment–originally created by Best Buy. This approach rebuffs rewarding presence over performance. Under ROWE, productivity is no longer measured by hours worked, but by deliverables and outputs. National Work & Family Month is a perfect time to reevaluate what business operations can be modified so employers can profit and employees can thrive.

If an employee can get her work done from 9am-1pm, why should she sit at her desk for the rest of the day? And in fact, why should she even have to be at her desk? If the focus is on results, then why can’t she work when, where and how she works best? Can’t she check her iPhone from a football game, the Jersey Shore or a coffee shop?

>>>Read the rest of Deborah L. Frett’s article on Huffington Post

Previously on Huffington Post

Fact or Fiction: Is Gen Y Lazy?

Workforce Demographics: Who Are We Creating Jobs For?

The Work-Life Tip Sheet: 10 Steps to a Successful Workplace

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One Response to “Huffington Post: Ten Tips to Create a Flexible, Virtual Work Environment”

  1. First, congratulations on getting your office 100% virtual. Second, thank you for sharing the great tips. I think you are progressive and leading by example. My Corporate background makes me believe the toughest obstacle will be changing how people think about flexibility, even more than virtual. How will management react when they call an employee for a specific issue and the employee is at a football game or a matinee? Setting and managing expectations, focusing on productivity, and open communications will be the key in changing many employer’s “old school” mentalities.

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