The Age of Remote Work

With the advent of Web 2.0 wherein the internet is not anymore confined to simple HTML web pages, internet connectivity has evolved from the mere use of the web browser to the proliferation of communicator apps such as Skype and vSee and cloud applications like Dropbox, Google Docs, and One Drive.

Should we limit ourselves to communicators and cloud applications? Our technology driven era are governed by apps. From the PC, the internet has jumped to our smartphones; and for every smartphone app — whether game, map or transport booking — the internet is something you cannot ignore if you are to use it effectively.

With such ease on connectivity, communication, and information transfer the Internet has given our lives, employers and corporations have exploited the idea of using it to boost more productivity from their staff while giving them the laxity of not enduring the horrors of traffic and stress of daily commute.

Thus, the practice of telecommuting is born. Telecommute or telecommuting is the exercise of working remotely outside of the conventional office. You can telecommute in a restaurant, cyber cafe, hotel room, or in the convenience of your own home. If you have a good Internet connection and a well-functioning computer complete with webcam, mic, and headset, VIOLA, you now have the tools for an efficient telecommute work.

Working remotely has been in practice by many employers and employees for many years now. If you are curious whether there are big companies who practice such kind of work style for their staff, say no more, here they are below.

  • 3M
  • About.com
  • Adobe Systems
  • ADP
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • CIGNA
  • CVS Caremark
  • Dell
  • General Electric — GE
  • Humana
  • IBM
  • Intuit
  • Kaplan
  • Nielsen
  • Salesforce
  • SAP
  • Thomson ReutersUnitedHealth Group
  • Xerox

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So why in the world have these corporations joined the bandwagon of this telecommute fad, allowing their employees to work elsewhere other than in their usual cubicles?

The infographic elaborates in a clear manner the reasons for such adherence.


Authored by Peter Willson, CEO of Kinetic Innovative Staffing, an advocate of quality remote working through innovative outsourcing. Follow them at @KIStaffing.