Should Executives be allowed to Telecommute?

The world is constantly changing and so are our workplaces. To stay on top of your talent pool – to keep your greatest employees -, you need to be prepared to offer flexible solutions.

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Pyramid The traditional organizational pyramid, complete with its hierarchy of power and authority, has been around a long time. Emerging from the work of Frederick Winslow Taylor in the early 1900s, and refined and embedded within organizations during the 20th Century, the Pyramid is still the prevalent form of how organizations are structured.

An increasingly outdated concept in a global economy buffeted by volatile geo-politics, technological advancement and climate change, the Pyramid is accompanied by the physical presence of employees within organizational silos. Managers want their staff within arms-reach. The “bums-in-chairs” mentality of productivity persists, despite huge gains in the introduction and deployment of technologies that support virtual (distance) work.

The teleworking concept has its supporters and detractors, each making their separate cases. However, these debates have been aimed almost exclusively at those working in non-managerial positions. A recent article from Bloomberg Businessweek presents an interesting perspective on executives teleworking from…

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