HR Trends That Made 2014 a Remarkable Year for Telecommuting

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The year 2014 may be coming to an end, but it was a remarkable year as far as telecommuting and flexible working is concerned. This year more companies recognized the importance of flexible working and even the UK government passed a law making flexible working as a part of employees’ rights.

Another significant trend that was seen in 2014 was the change in telecommuting policies and growth in hiring of remote workers.

Here are some of the significant developments that happened in the year 2014 that will change the present work culture scenario:

•    This year telecommuting got the recognition it deserves; as the future of the work. More and more companies realized the importance of telecommuting and made changes in the HR policies to make it a part of their work culture.

•    Despite the few challenges that telecommuting faced; like when the Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer banned telecommuting altogether in 2013, the year 2014 saw a considerable growth in the hiring of remote workers.

•    One of the major breakthroughs that were seen this year was the law that made flexible working available to all the employees. Even the government noted that the concept of telecommuting/ flexible working could play an important role in increasing the productivity of the employees and organizations alike.

Other Important Workplace Development Of 2014

Apart from the flexible working and telecommuting getting the much needed boost across the world, there were other important trends that are sure to continue in 2015. US President Obama’s talk on equal pay and retirement savings was welcome news. The fact that long commutes and low pay were the reasons for stress in employees also made news, which is sure to make companies realize the importance of flexible working for a better work-life balance.

With the year 2014 ending on a high note as far as workplace policies are concerned, the coming year will bring significant changes in policies regarding telecommuting and flexible working. With the ever changing technology playing a huge role in promoting flexible working, it can only be hoped that it will further strengthen the concept in the coming year.

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