Finding a Balance: Work / Life and Remote Access / Productivity

September 9, 2008 - 2 Comments

Posted by: Molly Ford, PRImagine a life with no morning rush-hour traffic on the way to work, having time to coach your daughter’s soccer game in the evenings and crossing more things off of that despised”to-do” list. Today, Cisco introduced Cisco Virtual Office solution, aimed at providing a secure and collaborative environment for the remote or distributed workforce. The Cisco Virtual Office has helped a countless number of employees obtain a satisfying work life balance, while helping the company to consistently rank in the top ten on Fortune Magazine’s”Best Places to Work” list. Before this product was launched to Cisco customers, it was used internally for year, we like to refer to this as sipping our won champagne. Currently, Cisco has 12,000 remote workers in 70 different countries using the Cisco Virtual Office solution to enhance productivity by accessing the same communication and collaboration technologies available to their office-based counterparts.Employees who use the Cisco Virtual Office solution, typically work three full days at home, and say they are 47% more productive working at home, rather than at an office. The average employee also gains almost three hours each week, in the past spent stuck in traffic, or relying on public transportation. View some inspiring stories from Cisco employees that have achieved a truly satisfying work life balance by having the flexibility to work remotely. Cisco’s Craig Huegen, works from a home office in the mid-west of the U.S. and manages a distributed team. He credits remote access for enabling him to hire and retain top talent regardless of where there are located around the world. By reducing the drive-time, Cisco Virtual Office is helping the planet by going green -Cisco employees save an average of 36.4 commuting miles per day, totaling 62,899,200 driving miles avoided each year. Cisco users can reduce auto emissions by 30,435 tons of Carbon Dioxide annually, helping to offset the automobile carbon footprint. See this inspiring story from working mom, Jill Shaul who has achieved a paperless office and credits Cisco Virtual Office with providing her with a necessary work life balance where both her family and employer win.

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  1. Indeed, the dilemma of working/lify managing increses. Hope, the inention of Cisco will help business man and others.

  2. As a fellow Cisco employee, it’s so nice to see how our technology helps us achieve work/life balance. Increasingly, it’s also helping us manage our individual environmental footprints, as you point out. As Cisco seeks to reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions by a significant 25% by 2012, we will rely increasingly on our technologies such as TelePresence and CVO to cut down on employee travel even more. The power of the human network… at work (or at home!!!) to help address the greater good. Love it… and I think customers and shareholders will as well.