A variety of options gives boost to remote work

Proponents expect security and retention issues to raise distributed work’s profile
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/18/2006

Fifteen or so years after employers started tentatively to let people work from home, the bulk of remote work arrangements still take the form of informal telework in which people work from home a day here or a day there.

But a convergence of factors may change all that, giving lift to a concept known as distributed work. Distributed work programs are a combination of remote work arrangements that give employees the option of working from head office one day, a satellite office the next or a home office yet another day.

Bob Fortier, president of the Ottawa-based Canadian Telework Association, points to a home break-in this spring in the state of Maryland as an example of a factor that could drive the development of formalized distributed work. The burglars made off with a laptop belonging to a United States Department of Veteran Affairs data analyst, along with personal information of about 26.5 million veterans and their spouses.