Outdated Business Management Practices Block Flexible Work Styles, Hinder Competitiveness
New Report Shows That America’s Employers Cling to 1950s-style Management Practices
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., June 27, 2011 – While 63 million Americans hold jobs that could be done at home, fewer than 3 million actually work away from the office most of the time, according to research commissioned by Citrix Online, a division of Citrix Systems, Inc. Conducted by Telework Research Network, the research analyzed statistics from public and private sources, such as the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics, to build a complete image of the state of virtual working in the United States. The results paint a dismal picture. Employee demand to workshift far outstrips their opportunity to do so, highlighting the persistence of outdated management practices and antiquated attitudes towards oversight and eligibility.
New Findings from "The State of Telework in the U.S. "
Why It Matters
The reality is that managers simply don’t trust their employees to work untethered. That’s not going to change until companies start measuring performance based on results, rather than the number of hours someone sits at their desk. Management gurus have been telling us for decades that results-based management is the key to maximizing employee potential; and it’s true whether employees are a hundred feet or a hundred miles away.
Come on America, something needs to change – and that something is senior management attitudes towards new work styles. It’s time to join the 21st century and focus on work as a thing we do, not a place we go. With that mindset, every business could become more dynamic and competitive overnight.
About the Research
The research was conducted by the Telework Research Network, an independent research and advisory firm that specializes in modeling the economic, societal, and environmental benefits of telework and workplace flexibility for companies, government community leaders. New Ways of Working (NewWOW) was a co-sponsor of the study. Data from the following sources was compiled, compared and analyzed: American Community Survey PUMS data, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau; American Time Use Survey and National Compensation Survey, conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics; Telework 2011, Telework Trendlines and the 2011 Survey on Workplace Flexibility, conducted by WorldatWork.
About Citrix Systems, Inc.
Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) is a leading provider of virtual computing solutions that help companies deliver IT as an on-demand service. Founded in 1989, Citrix combines virtualization, networking, and cloud computing technologies into a full portfolio of products that enable virtual workstyles for users and virtual datacenters for IT. More than 230,000 organizations worldwide rely on Citrix to help them build simpler and more cost-effective IT environments. Citrix partners with over 10,000 companies in more than 100 countries. Annual revenue in 2010 was $1.87 billion.
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The benefits of workshifting have been known for quite some time now, so it’s easy to assume that everyone is doing it these days, but the truth of the matter is pretty sobering and more than a little disappointing. Despite much evidence to the contrary, it seems old-fashioned notions that work must be seen to be done still prevail. And by offering workshifting merely as a perk for management, companies are missing out on some of the biggest benefits of flexible working.