Thoughts and articles from the JEC Professional Services Blog
22 Jan 2023, 16:30
Hybrid Working has become defined by work locations. The mantra ‘work is something you do, not somewhere you go’ was first coined 28 years ago by Woody Leonhard. However, whenever Hybrid Working crops up in a conversation, the first question people ask is how many days do you go into the office? Hybrid Working is not the end point but should be regarded as a stepping stone to a better and more sustainable way of working where employees are given some discretion in where, when and even how they work.
3 Nov 2021, 11:30
What are the challenges to be considered and addressed before organisations commit to the adoption of Hybrid Working?
6 Nov 2021, 11:30
What are the challenges to considered and addressed before organisations commit to the adoption of Hybrid Working?
17 Jan 2021, 11:30
Videoconferencing is vexatious. This post suggests techniques to avoid the stress caused by excessive use of videoconferencing for virtual meetings including employer and employee led initiatives.
24 Mar 2020, 12:30
The sudden imposition of homeworking as a result of the Coronavirus without preparation is providing a number challenges to managers who have no previous experience of managing staff remotely. There is also the challenge of learning how to use communications and collaborative technologies to manage staff remotely.
30 Oct 2016, 15:47
The business case is signed off, the Agile Working project has the backing of senior management, what could possibly go wrong? …well plenty, unfortunately. There are a number of common factors that cause Agile Working projects to fail. Fortunately there are two remedies available.
1 Jan 2015, 15:47
Based on published research the future world of work is presented as a retrospective look back from 2025 at the changes in the world of work to show how developments in technology will drastically change the way we will work in the near future.
2 Jun 2014, 15:47
The industry is full of jargon, BYOD, CYOD and even GWYG, for describing the use of devices in the workplace. While Bring Your Own Device has benefits for employers as well as employees there are also considerable concerns from employers and IT departments in particular. There are also a number of strategic considerations.
26 Mar 2017, 15:47
Agile Working, as a form of mobile working, introduces additional security threats to those arising from office based working. A number of recent surveys have highlighted security threats as being one of the greatest concerns for businesses adopting agile working especially those using personal devices. It is essential that the security risks of Agile Working are addressed.
10 Mar 2014, 15:47
While the alluring variety of mobile devices grabs the agile working technology headlines more important is how these devices are connected effectively to corporate information systems. There is a range of ways to provide IT Infrastructure to effectively support Agile Working.
9 Dec 2014, 15:47
One of the problems of discussing new ways of working is the number of terms used to describe it: Agile Working, Smart Working, Flexible Working Mobile Working, Remote Working etc. I present a personal glossary and a commentary on their use.
8 Jul 2014, 15:47
Agile Working is more challenging than Flexible Working, and most Business Transformation projects, in that it seeks behaviour change of staff beyond their (increasingly notional) 9-5 working hours and impacts, some would say threatens, the life component of their work-life balance. There are ten factors that to contribute to the successful launch of an Agile Working project.
25 Nov 2014, 15:47
There are many business benefits of adopting Agile Working but it will only happen if managers and staff feel they have the competence and confidence to adopt this new way working. So what skills do you need to be an Agile Worker? If you are a manager of Agile Workers you will need to have all the skills for Agile Working and also adopt a management skill that is appropriate for Agile Working. You will also need is the ability to manage a diversity of working styles.
23 Aug 2013, 15:47
‘Bring your Own Device’ (BYOD) is one of the most talked subjects in IT. With BYOD, employees are allowed to bring their own device (smart phone, tablet and laptops) and connect them to the corporate network and company services and use them for their work. Employees often feel more comfortable using their own devices, especially when they are superior to the equipment provided by their employer. To date the benefits of BYOD are mainly focussed on choice and convenience for employees and cost savings for employers but there are potentially much greater gains from introducing radical new ways of working that BYOD enables.
21 Oct 2014, 15:47
Taking an agile working approach to business continuity enables organisations to reduce costs and improve resilience. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) conducted a survey of more than 1,000 employers and 2,000 employees on flexible working provision and its uptake. Just over half (52%) reported there is a positive impact flexible working on business continuity.
6 Oct 2014, 15:47
My involvement started back in the year 2000 when the government launched the Work-Life Balance Challenge Fund to encourage employers to recognise the personal and family commitments of their staff. By doing so, it was argued, staff would be more productive. Despite the altruistic goals I, like others, found little tangible evidence of productivity gains. Now we have Agile Working and it could be argued that this is what Smart Working should have been about, staff working smarter. Agile Working provides the opportunity to achieve new significant benefits in improved customer service and cost reductions.