7.12B The 'New Think' About Working from Home
Friday, October 20, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Venue: George R. Brown Convention Center
Room: 320A

The ‘New Think’ about Working from Home – “How To” Ensure Productive and Happy Workers Learning Objective: • Pros and Cons of WFH programs from the c-suite and other leader perspective • How to increase WFH program success rate • Solutions for optimizing the work from home environment Today, “flexibility” is the #1 desired, non-cash benefit across all generations. In the race to attract, retain and engage talent, smart employers are quickly developing and deploying Flexible Work strategies. Some are creating formal Work from Home (WFH) programs while other organizations are taking a more informal approach. Regardless, working from home can reduce commutes, provide “controlled environments to concentrate” and support the much needed flexibility we all crave to reduce stress and provide higher levels of balance and well-being. In the past, WFH programs have experienced high failure rates due to varying degrees of discomfort from mid- and senior-level managers that have never been trained or mentored to lead a team they cannot see, especially if they are not managing by results. Successful programs include helping both the manager and their teams learn and adopt best practices when working remotely. They also focus on helping leaders understand how to stay connected and engaged through new work practices, establishing team norms and leveraging technology. New well-being issues and ergonomics opportunities are on the rise due to smaller devices, informal seating, excess screen time, lack of movement and feeling isolated. As more and more organizations begin to embark upon WFH programs, we believe there is an opportunity to provide new solutions to increase happiness and engagement whilst mitigating risk. The focus of the presentation will address: 1. The great debate surrounding the pros and cons of WFH programs. 2. Methods and tools to successfully help managers and their teams stay connected and engaged regardless of where they or their teams are working. 3. Solutions to optimize the Work from Home environment a. The spatial and environmental aspects of workplace at home in sense of: i. urban neighborhood ii. apartment layout to optimize‚ iii. activity based working at home iv. indoor environment v. how to optimize spatial integration (or separation) of work life and private sphere.

Learning Objectives/Outcomes:
Pros and Cons of WFH programs from the c-suite and other leader perspectives
How to increase WFH program success
Solutions for optimizing the WFH environment
WFH as tool to increase well-being and workforce engagement
Levels of Learning
300 level
Topic Category:
Ms. Pat Turnbull, President & COO, Kayhan International
Dr. Alexander Redlein, University Professor, Vienna University of Technology