Cisco and BT Adopt Smart Working

OfficePOD naturally embraces companies adopting smart working practices. In these recessive times it takes a large amount of forward thinking for employers to allow employees to work from home. We are always seeking to educate employers on the mutual benefits of implementation of smart working for both the company and its staff.

So you have to love Cisco. Cisco this week has revealed it has made more than US$277 million in productivity savings by letting employees work from home. Survey results show the company’s telework program makes employees happy. Cisco based its productivity savings on the number of billed hours at an average of US$91 per hour, with the total figure reaching a mindblowing estimate of US$277 million. In addition it’s estimated employees made fuel cost savings exceeding US$10 million per year.

Here in Europe, BT is doing the same. BT claims teleworking increases productivity, reduces absenteeism and improves quality of life, but also increases working hours. This is according to a survey of almost 2,000 staff registered with Workabout, BT’s official teleworking scheme. Again, BT is one of the largest employers of “flexible workers” in Britain. Now the company has more than 5,000 Workabout staff. This voluntary scheme, provides equipment and other support to teleworkers who give up permanent BT office space to move to a home-based, mobile working pattern.

In general it seems employees are all for smarter working (we know this by the constant positive feedback we get on the OfficePOD); but there is a mismatch between the keenness of employees to adopt smart working practice against employers being educated on the benefits.

So Cisco and BT if you are reading this, well done on your forward thinking approach to organisational structure – we will be in touch!