If you read my blog regularly, you know I am a huge proponent of enabling employees to work anywhere – and not just because Citrix sells products that makes it possible to work anywhere on any device.  Back in February, I talked about how a workshifting policy can help a company positively impact the environment, overhead costs and employee morale.  It is amazing to think how taking the train or working from home can impact so much of the world around us.  In fact, a recent  Electronics Association report estimated that 1.35 billion gallons of gasoline could be conserved annually if every U.S. worker with the ability to telework (or workshift, as we say at Citrix) did so 1.6 days per week.  Wow!  That gives a whole new meaning to the idea, “Think Globally, Act Locally.”

On September 22, I will be participating in the “Work Anywhere Symposium” in Sacramento hosted by The Telework Solution in conjunction with Sacramento State University.  I am honored to join a list of presenters that include Scott McNealy, founder and former CEO of Sun Microsystems, and noted telework experts from across the U.S. and Canada.  The event will provide an educational forum on government telework programs, with sessions addressing topics such as building a business case, leveraging technology securely and effectively, and preparing the workforce for success.  I will be on a panel with Peter Ryce from Adobe Systems and Ian Gover from Better Workplace that will address how best to leverage technology as a key component of workshifting policies.  Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, 16th Congressional District of California, will also be joining the event via teleconference from Washington, D.C. to discuss the government’s commitment to teleworking.  Ultimately, the event will help to lay the groundwork for implementing virtual workstyles for State of California employees. 

According to The Telework Solution, a study by Booz Allen showed that if half the workforce worked from home just one day a week, office space facility costs would be reduced by at least 10 percent .  In the State of California that equates to $45 million, yet it is estimated that only 6,000 of California’s nearly 240,000 state employees telework regularly.  Those of you who are familiar with the California state budget woes can imagine the significant impact that would make.  I am looking forward to being part of an event that will help the state government understand how simple changes can lead to big solutions.

For more information on The Work Anywhere Symposium, please visit: http://www.cce.csus.edu/conferences/sce/was11/index.htm.  I hope to see many of you there!