Friday, August 12, 2022

Teleworking at a glance

Company: Sun

Program: Internally called iWork (not to be confused with Apple’s iWork trademark)

Primary equipment: Sun Ray thin clients

Percentage of employees who participate: Nearly 50 per cent of Sun’s 33,000 employees worldwide.

Annual savings: US$15 million in administrative costs, US$2.8 million in power costs, US$6.5 million on desktop updates and US$68.9 million in reduced real estate expenditures.

Productivity gains: Teleworkers on average work three more hours per day and give back 60 per cent of their commute time to Sun.

Company: Nortel

Program: Comprehensive mobility

Primary equipment: Laptops equipped with VoIP software

Percentage of employees who participate: 65 per cent take regular advantage; eight per cent telework full time.

Annual savings: US$18 million in phone costs via VoIP; US$22 million in real estate costs.

Productivity gains: Average teleworker productivity is 15 per cent higher.

Company: AT&T

Program: The virtual office

Primary equipment: Laptop or traditional desktop PC with VoIP software

Percentage of employees who participate: 90 per cent of managers, with 30 per cent full-time, 40 per cent between one and five days per week, and 20 per cent once or twice per year.

Annual savings: US$30 million in reduced real estate costs.

Productivity gains: US$150 million annually in extra hours of productive work from teleworkers.

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