My linkedin feed has been filled with articles and perspectives on Yahoo’s ban on teleworking. The viewpoints I have read have varied from Marissa Mayer’s No-Work-From-Home Policy Makes Sense to Marissa Mayer Has Made a Terrible Mistake .

The article which showed the most middle ground and I found myself agreeing with is Why Yahoo’s ‘no home working’ rule will lead us back into the office. The author states, “If you are working from home today, can you honestly say that you have not been complacent at some point during the day?” My last company had a liberal telework policy and if someone is complacent remotely then they will be complacent in the office as well. The benefit to being in the office is there is more accountability for that person.

If you are unfamiliar with telework I would recommend the following short video from AIIM’s Certified Information Professional training.

One of the things that few articles have mentioned is the hidden cost savings of telework. The following quote and infographic is from the article Teleworking is Low Hanging Fruit for Federal Budget in Federal Tech magazine

The report, Deloitte’s Gov on the Go: Boosting Public Sector Productivity by Going Mobile, highlights that the private sector has been able to increase productivity by 50 percent over the past 25 years, while the public sector’s productivity has decreased over the same period of time. This is due in part to the public sector’s failure to fully take advantage of mobile technology. If the public sector doubled mobile adoption rates to 70 percent, it could potentially save in excess of $50 billion per year.

Moreover, mobile adoption would allow the federal government to tap into the currently unused resource of teleworking. Thirty-two percent of federal employees are eligible to telework, but only 7 percent of them are currently doing so. If all eligible employees were teleworking half of the time, the federal government could see as much as a 40 percent increase in overall productivity, and 40 minutes of productivity generated for every 60 minutes saved on commuting. The productivity gains and the reduction in office costs, absenteeism and turnover would amount to approximately $5.4 billion in total savings per year, a dollar amount the government could put to good use elsewhere.