Employees afraid of flexibility? 6 ways to enjoy the advantages of remote work
Valerie Bolden-Barrett | December 11, 2017
Unless you work for IBM, which bucked current work trends by calling most of its 160,000 offsite employees back to their cubicles, I probably don’t need to convince you of the benefits of remote work. There’s higher employee engagement and retention; reduced carbon footprint, thanks to consolidated workspaces and fewer commuters on the road; equal or even increased productivity; work environment better suited to the needs and preferences of the rising generation. What’s not to love? Like it or not, flexible work policies are here to stay. “The employees have already left the building,” Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, told CNN Money. “Whether we're nine feet, nine floors or nine time zones away, we're working virtually.”But not everyone feels comfortable taking advantage of the opportunity to work from home — or the local Starbucks. While 79% of knowledge workers have access to flextime, about one in six workers is afraid to use it, either because of how it might look to their coworkers or because their boss doesn’t trust them enough.