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Telework push

Induction of information communication technologies (ICT) is nowadays taken as a measure of innovation and efficiency both in government and private sectors. It is not for nothing that this notion is growing stronger. The efficiency of doing work improves by leaps and bounds when the right technology induction. A decision of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to introduce teleworking in the department more extensively after it found a pilot project a big success is definitely welcome. Teleworking is accepted the world over as an innovative way to increase employee comfort and efficiency. With the support of right technologies, teleworking, which is also called telecommuting, can enhance productivity and increase worker well-being. This is because the employee can work from the environment that he or she likes most, which has the potential to stimulate intellect and creativity and influence productivity. This means the worker need not be physically present on the office premises to be working. It could be home, hotel, or other public places like a shopping mall or park. The idea is to remove the inconvenience of commuting when traffic is bad, especially during peak hours of traffic. Arriving at the office in extreme stress after near-miss experiences on the busy road is the worst thing that can happen to an employee’s creative efficiency and innovation. Telework on the other hand enables the employee to straight away begin working when he or she is fresh and relaxed. That is one reason why more and more private organiations are giving the employees the option to work from home. Both the organisation and the employee benefit from the increase in work quality.

Adopting such a model in more and more government departments for staff not required to be present on the office premises, will definitely help improve overall productivity. With so many private cars off the road during peak hours, traffic conditions in cities like Muscat will definitely improve, making life easier for the people who cannot avoid the commute because of the nature of their work. A wider adoption of the practice will have a marked impact on automobile emission positively affect the city’s air quality. This would in the long run reduce the Sultanate’s carbon footprint, removing that much quantity of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. A reduction in the number of trips people make daily will also help save fuel. Considering the huge benefits, the government must encourage state and private organisations to widely adopt such technologies. The government must be appreciated for remaining open to new ideas that can improve people’s well-being. Of course the sine qua non for successful transition to a technology driven work culture is the availability of quality networking. It is indeed welcome that the government has been constantly improving the ICT infrastructure across the nation, extending it to even remote areas. The proposal to transform some city districts into smart city with high quality connectivity shows the government’s pragmatic approach to technological innovation that would ultimately benefit people. Almost 95 per cent of the nation is covered by quality connectivity, with fibre optic network being installed across the nation. Therefore there is sound reasoning behind the authorities’ move in inducting appropriate technologies.

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