Today we will continue the theme of parenting and telecommuting from our last blog post.
Telecommuting is a new business style of working with IT technology without being tied down to a location.
There are three kinds of telecommuting:
1. Telecommuting from home
2. Working at a satellite office
3. Mobile working
In this blog post, we will discuss mobile working in greater detail.
Mobile working allows you to stay in communication by mobile device or laptop with your office when in motion. It is possible to obtain vital information anytime from your mobile device, and you can work flexibly in any location.
For example, if you have to take your child to daycare and then go to a business meeting with a client, you can access the materials you need on your mobile device, without the hassle of stopping by your office. Also, important material can be reviewed when taking care of children.
With this access through mobile devices, you can free yourself from the need to go to your office, and a new way to conduct business that is not bound by time and place is born.
However, there is a common worry: “If the importance of the physical office goes away, will employee responsibility diminish?”
This question came up recently at a workshop for working mothers at a major company. However, there was a comment that seemed to answer that question.
“Because it is mobile work, I can’t say, ‘I didn’t know about that,’ or ‘I didn’t see that email.’” And another: “Because it is mobile work, we need to build a relationship of trust.”
These comments make it clear that just because employees do not have to go to the office does not mean the sense of responsibility or communication will diminish. Rather, many people feel that they must work harder to maintain communication and demonstrate personal responsibility. Keeping talented employees who think like this, instead of losing them due to child care problems, is a victory for any business.
Companies that are adopting mobile work to help solve the issues of balancing the social advancement of women and raising children are gradually increasing in number. As a result, these companies are proactively securing talented personnel while solving employment issues.
However, these are not just issues for women. Many men are also trying to balance parenting and childcare, and mobile work can also provide innovative solutions for them and their companies.
Many people need and want a way to work that is not tied to a place, and there is a desire for new solutions. Even the Japanese government is putting more emphasis on telecommuting to improve the labor situation. Why not join this movement and become a leader in innovation?