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Welcome to JALA International, the telework,  telecommuting, and applied futures research experts.
We began working in the 21st century more than three decades ago

JALA, an international group of management consultants, was incorporated in California in 1982 but our history goes back to the early 1970s when we developed long range forecasts for NASA and later helped establish the world's first telework center. Our mission is to help organizations make effective use of information technology — telecommunications and computers — and to better cope with the accelerating rate of change in the business  and global environments. JALA's activities are in three main areas:

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telework, telecommuting, and virtual offices (JALA is a virtual firm)
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applied futures research and forecasting
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technology assessment

The purpose of this web site is to inform you and to demonstrate and enhance the  services we provide to our future and current clients. We've provided a number of resources here to help you learn more about us, telework, and the future.  Check us out

If you can't wait to see how the new millennium will turn out, go directly to our forecast of telecommuting in the U.S.! To investigate what has been called "the Bible of telework," click on the book cover image below.

 Dust cover of Managing Telework

You may also obtain more information by telephone at +1 (310) 476-3703; fax at +1 (310) 476-6007; or by e-mail to info@jala.com. We can also videoconference to anywhere in the world with ISDN facilities (by appointment).

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Test your teleworkability
If you are a prospective teleworker and are wondering how you can convince your employer to allow you to become a more active teleworker or telecommuter you should be aware of a few realities. The first reality comprises the requirements of your job to be in a specific location when you perform your job tasks. So the first step is to evaluate your "teleworkability".
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Telework and terrorism
One of the immediate side effects of 9/11 was an increase in teleworking in the affected regions. In many cases the sudden switch to teleworking was a direct result of the disappearance of offices that had been reduced to rubble. In other cases it was simply a precaution against further terrorist attacks.
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Telework and disasters
There are several other ways of instigating a sudden increase in interest in telework. Pestilence, wars and natural disasters provide some fairly recent examples.
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Push to start?
Even though it is clear that a substantial fraction of the US workforce considers telework to be one of the most-desired perks—even in a challenged economy—we usually tout telework to employers as an important management option for improving competitiveness. But how does one get the boss to make the move? Sometimes the government helps.
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Time's awastin'!
The Middle East may now be slightly more stable. Or not. In any case it is way past time for us to put more emphasis on the use of telework as an energy conservation option. We have about hit the peak of world oil production; after this it's all downhill.
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