As long as an Internet connection is available, people can work from virtually anywhere: coffee shops, their homes, remote offices. But while having your staff working everywhere is great, how can you make sure that everyone feels like part of one organization and one team?
Web workers necessarily conduct our business on computers. So, one of the most obvious ways for us to go green is by using eco-friendly hardware. Electronics have long been a source of pollutants, but manufacturers are now reducing the environmental impact of their products.
Web workers are required to display the same level of professionalism as their office-bound colleagues, particularly in their interactions with co-workers, business partners and customers. However, if they are not using effective technology, displaying that professionalism can be a difficult task.
New Jersey’s Tax Court recently ruled that Maryland-based Telebright Corporation was required to file New Jersey Corporation Business Tax returns when the firm’s only link to New Jersey was its employment of a telecommuter there. The decision has both positive and negative implications for telework:
Improving energy efficiency is a doubly-positive proposition for any web worker: It saves money and lowers environmental impact. Whether you are plugging into your home’s outlet or working at your local hangout, options abound for saving electricity. Here are some Green Tips for improving your efficiency.
Going paperless is now a realistic option to making your work life more friendly on the planet. From web-based faxing, to replacing all mail with email, to toting around your own coffee mug, the benefits of eliminating paper can preserve natural resources and save you money.
While sites like oDesk make it quick and easy to hire remote workers, it can sometimes be a challenge to manage them. While it may be more affordable to hire remote workers for some tasks, it can end up more expensive in the long-run.
Ah, the follow-up email. It’s never a straightforward task. Perhaps you’re working to land a guest post on a certain blog, or maybe you’re heading up biz dev for a new start-up. No matter the project, circling back on a line of email communication is tricky.
Do feel sometimes like your brain is running amok — and that is also reflected in your web browsing habits, with huge numbers of tabs open at once? Do you mire yourself in many open loops of interesting things to check out?
Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Nicole Goluboff. Goluboff, a lawyer and Advisory Board Member of the Telework Coalition, is the author of “The Law of Telecommuting,” “Telecommuting for Lawyers” and numerous articles on telework.
The reasons for employers to decentralize workers are becoming harder and harder for businesses, employees and governments to ignore. Telework can help employers reduce costs, avoid job cuts and start hiring. It can help them minimize turnover, assure business continuity during emergencies and boost productivity. It can help employees save on commuting and achieve a better work/life balance. It can decrease traffic congestion, the cost of repairing and maintaining transportation systems, carbon emissions and the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.
However, despite these and other well-publicized benefits of telework, some states maintain a tax rule that frustrates employers and employees trying to use it. The rule — known as the “convenience of the employer” rule — imposes a heavy penalty on nonresidents who telecommute to in-state employers.
To assure that state tax authorities do not impede the growth of interstate telework arrangements, Congress must abolish the convenience rule. Read More about Ending Unfair Telecommuter Taxes