Video conferencing is growing in popularity thanks to the recession, IT Business Edge editor Ann All writes. Cisco says it trimmed its annual travel budget from $750 million to $240 million, and HP reports a 30 percent drop in travel costs. Both companies credit video conferencing for the savings, according to an article on SiliconValley.com.
Telecommuting has also provided companies and their employees a savings opportunity in the past year. The Knowledge Network has three tools and documents that address this issue.
Telecommuting Calculator. The purpose of this telecommuting calculator is to provide a quick approximation of your savings opportunity with telecommuting. It is based on a business model where employees who previously worked at your facility now work at home on a full-time basis, with only occasional visits.
Telecommuting IT Checklist. This checklist is designed to help IT managers "cover all the bases" for telecommuting arrangements when a designated work space at home replaces a conventional work space in an office building.
User's Guide to Securing External Devices for Telework and Remote Access. This guide can help telecommuters secure various devices, such as desktop and laptop computers, cell phones, and personal digital assistants (PDAs), when working at a home office.