More People To Work From Home
from the trending-up dept
After years of (always overhyped) predictions that telecommuting was on the verge of becoming a big thing, here’s yet another article saying that telecommuting’s time has come. The argument is that with the increase in virtual, global teams combined with improved ability to inexpensively work electronically, companies will start pushing for more workers to work from home. They also point out that this can save companies a great deal on real estate, by setting up “hoteling” options for when people are at work. Of course, this still raises questions (all noted in the article) about the importance of face-to-face contact, and building up a highly motivated work culture. Also, psychologically, most people like to have a desk/office/cubicle that is their own. I still think that’s the biggest hurdle. You don’t want your workers to feel uncomfortable. However, in cases where people need more flexible working conditions (for example, those with kids) the option to telecommute seems worthwhile.