Welcome to JALA International, the telework, telecommuting, and applied futures
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:
telecommuting, and virtual offices (JALA is a virtual firm)
futures research and forecasting
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.
You may also obtain more
information by telephone at +1 (310) 476-3703; fax at +1 (310)
476-6007; or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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".
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.
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.
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.
does one get the boss to make the move? Sometimes the government helps.
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