The Cisco telework program has evolved over the years from a convergence of top-down company practices with bottom-up changes in employee expectations. From our experience we have learned how several factors can make flexible work a success for everyone.
Clear policies and company culture. Cisco has adopted a flexible policy that enables many employees to telework, based on their job requirements and their manager’s approval. Where necessary, this policy is customized to reflect country-specific laws and employee entitlements. Also important is creating a company culture of trusting employees to work responsibly, strong performance management practices and finding the right balance of autonomous and collaborative action.
But a successful teleworking program requires more.
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Tags: Cisco IT, cisco-on-cisco-collaboration, culture, telework
More and more businesses these days are taking steps to reduce their carbon emissions. (Cisco is one of them, as the company met a 25% greenhouse gas reduction goal last year and subsequently upped it to 40%.)
There are several compelling reasons for doing so – some philosophical and others pragmatic. Here are a few:
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Tags: carbon dioxide, carbon emissions, carbon footprint, carbon usage effectiveness, Cisco, coc-data-center, CUE, data center, datacenterdeconstructed, Green, metrics, PUE
For the 10,000 users on our ACE service introduction network, the new WebEx-enabled TelePresence Meeting capabilities mean everyone gets to enjoy seamless two-way video, audio, and data sharing between Cisco TelePresence and Cisco WebEx Conferencing. Users no longer have to ask, “Do I have my meetings via TelePresence or WebEx?”
The host easily schedules the WebEx-enabled TelePresence meeting using the WebEx Productivity Tool in Outlook or the Smart Scheduler Web Portal. The TelePresence video bridge information will be populated automatically, eliminating the need to manage separate invitations for WebEx and TelePresence users – it is all one click away.
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Tags: ACE, coc-collaboration, strategic innovations, TelePresence, video collaboration, Webex conferencing
Cisco employees are moving towards a mobile collaborative office environment – within the workplace. We sit where we like and log into the nearest phone, using extension mobility. But when we traveled to different Cisco offices around the world, we couldn’t log in to the Cisco IP phone: extension mobility only worked at certain limited locations within our home region.
Now, employee phones can essentially follow them to any Cisco office worldwide because Cisco IT deployed the Extension Mobility Cross Cluster (EMCC) feature on Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Cisco UCM).
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Tags: coc-borderless-networks, em, emcc, extension mobility, globalization, IP telephony, IPT, mobility, UC, UCM, unified communications
Saturday morning wasn’t complete for me as a kid if it didn’t include a bowl of pre-sweetened cereal and time watching cartoons. Challenge of the Super Friends was my favorite, thanks to its unforgettable opening sequence and the chance to see Superman, Batman and other heroes overcome the latest scheme by the Legion of Doom to take over the world.
One of the Legion’s intriguing villains was Bizarro – the imperfect duplicate of Superman with the blocky white face and backwards S on his chest. Although the writers didn’t give poor Bizarro much personality beyond bad grammar – “Me have plan destroy Super Friends!” – my friends and I enjoyed debating how his backwards, bad-means-good perspective would express itself in everyday activities. Read More »
Tags: Bizarro, Cisco, coc-data-center, data center, Data Center infrastructure efficiency, datacenterdeconstructed, DCIE, metrics, power usage effectiveness, PUE