Telecommuting and the Mobile Worker

Posted: December 12, 2018

Telecommuting and the Mobile Worker

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Telecommuting and the Mobile Worker

Telecommunication is important for energy conservation, since the employee presence on the premises is limited; thus the use of resources such as lighting, electricity, and fuel for vehicles is reduced or done away with altogether. This has significantly reduced energy bills for several companies and employees alike. However, Information Technology operational costs have risen in some companies depending on their nature. Maintaining a closed IT network within an organization is relatively cheaper and easier than installing remote stations that require special software and around the lock monitoring due to the constant exposure to the internet. This constant maintenance and design require an expert and a team of IT specialists, who actively work to ensure a secure connection against every malware and zero-day attacks. Additionally, telecommuting is important for the green computing idea, since it has led to a reduction in energy and fuel consumption.

The telecommuting workers do not have to spend money on gas for traveling every day, reducing the carbon emissions that would have otherwise been experienced. They are hence able to save on time – spend more time with their children or spouses. The disabled are also saved the hustle of having to push through crowds or people stuck in traffic. The telecommuter’s lifestyle undergoes a paradigm shift in terms of flexibility and self-discipline.

The business structure for telecommuting should be designed so that employees will be able to continue to perform business functions in the event of a disaster. The system should have a duplicate backup that can kick if the main system is compromised. This can outsource the service to a third party organization, which shall then be in charge of the maintenance and back up procedure (Ye, 2012).

Telecommunication results in increased production; this is evident from a study that was conducted in Stanford that showed that employees increased their productivity by 13%, when they worked from home (Ye, 2012). Additionally, telecommunication helps the business advance in the field of IT due to the fact that it creates an environment that fosters high technology applications and thus attracts similar features to the organization (Ye, 2012). Telecommunication enhances communication and self-discipline, since the workers are not in the direct vicinity of the employer. Telecommunication makes it tricky to manage the IT department due to the paradigm shift from the intranets and local area networks.

Telecommuting can also be expensive to implement, especially when done as a replacement of the traditional organization system. Dedicated servers or server space can be expensive. The skilled personnel to operate the system can also be an unwelcome expense. Secondly, the number of threats in the internet wild makes this more unsettling, especially zero-day attacks. Pen ultimately, telecommuting can cause a slow approach in the business due to the change, which may be new and hard to adopt for some employees, who shall require fresh courses to adapt. Last but not least, telecommuting is a potential disaster in cases, where employees are not self-disciplined. Unorganized employees can decide to take breaks and not work from home, which can disrupt business, since there is no one to supervise them, they can get derailed and impact the business negatively (Dziak, 2001).

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) can easily compromise the organization security, since the organization has no control on who accesses employee devices. Secondly, support is harder and complicated in these cases, since there are a plethora of devices that have different hardware, and thus require specific support as opposed to uniform organization equipment. Thirdly, knowledge and data management is complicated on multiple devices, since the users are vast, and the requirements may be only to the IT manager, who has to match the access to relevant data centers of the organization. Bring Your Own Device make telecommuting dangerous and susceptible to security breaches. Standard issue equipment is easier to control and monitor. Last but not least, it improves green computing, since there is no duplicity of devices (Zbar, 2002).

References

Dziak, M. (2001). Telecommuting Success: A Practical Guide for Staying in the Loop While Working Away from the Office. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea: Park Avenue Productions.

Ye, L. R. (2012). Telecommuting: Implemention for success. International Journal of Business and Social Science, 20-29.

Zbar, J. D. (2002). Teleworking & Telecommuting (Made E-Z). New York: Made E-Z Products.

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