A 2019 report found that 48 percent of staff in the United States already worked from home at least once a week.1 In Singapore, employers have been gradually adopting telecommuting. From 2013 to 2018, the proportion of employers providing formal telecommuting arrangements grew from 5 to 8 percent, whereas between 17 to 18 percent of employers allowed ad-hoc tele-working when necessary.2
Many corporate functions have begun to shift onto digital, online or even cloud platforms, allowing employees to access these functions from home or even the café across the street. Telecommuting can afford employees more free time, giving them the flexibility to work comfortably and achieve work-life balance. However, there are concerns of falling productivity, lack of effective communication, negative impact to company and team culture, and a blurring of lines between work and home. Hence, many work-related productivity apps, guides and books have been produced to help ease the transition into digital workspaces. If implemented effectively, businesses and teams can come out stronger, with the agility and flexibility for work to be done regardless of location or time.
To learn more about digital workplaces, check out the resources listed below.
Look out for our next instalment, which will explore digital transformations in businesses.
Books/ Ebooks/ Audiobooks
1. Working remotely: Secrets to success for employees on distributed teams
Douglas, T., & Gordon, H. (2020). Working remotely: Secrets to success for employees on distributed teams. Barrons. Retrieved from OverDrive. (myLibrary ID is required to access this ebook.)
2. Working in a virtual world: A practical guide to connected and productive working with virtual clients, managers and team members
Stinton, N. (2013). STTS: Working in a Virtual World. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish. Retrieved from OverDrive. (myLibrary ID is required to access this ebook.)
3. Remote: Office not required
Fried, J., & Hansson, D.H. (2013). Remote: Office not required. Currency. Retrieved from OverDrive. (myLibrary ID is required to access this ebook.)
4. Manager’s guide to virtual teams
Fisher, K., & Fisher, M. (2011). Manager’s guide to virtual teams. New York: McGraw-Hill. Retrieved from OverDrive. (myLibrary ID is required to access the audiobook.)
5. The power of virtual distance: A guide to productivity and happiness in the age of remote work
Lojeski, K.S., & Reilly, R.R. (2011). The power of virtual distance: A guide to productivity and happiness in the age of remote work. Wiley. Retrieved from OverDrive. (myLibrary ID is required to access this ebook.)
3. Workplace Technology – What office life might look like in the year 2030: Glimpses of the future include working commutes, smarter elevators, robot assistants, flexible floor plans and maybe even productive meetings
杨全龙。（2020年4月1日）。居家办公新手必看：视讯会议101。 联合早报。 Retrieved 2020, April 22.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, people in Singapore have been asked to work from home where possible. Videoconferencing has become the new normal. This article provides some tips on how to set up videoconferences at home.
Tenaga kerja BERITAmediacorp #dudukrumahsaja, manfaatkan teknologi jalankan tugas. (2020, April 13). Berita Mediacorp Retrieved 2020, April 21.
This news segment features how the BERITAmediacorp team made use of technology to enable its staff to work from home.
Disclaimer/ Rights statement
The information in this resource guide is valid as of April 2020 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history on the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.
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