Can't Trust This Telecommuter

from the there-goes-that-plan dept

For all the talk about how we're soon going to be a nation of telecommuters, thanks to new technologies, Broadband Reports points out a study that shows one very big hurdle: most employers still don't trust their employees to work unsupervised. The study was done in Australia, so there's a chance the results wouldn't apply elsewhere, but it does seem like something that is likely to be a major hindering factor for many potential telecommuting opportunities. Of course, it's not just the bosses that don't trust telecommuters: 75% of employees think their telecommuting co-workers are simply goofing off and "are not working at all." At some point, however, someone is going to do a little cost-benefit analysis and realize that office space is a pretty big cost, and trusting your workers to actually do what you've asked them to do could actually pay off. Of course, on the flip side, expect to see many new technologies, applications and services to help solve this problem by somehow "monitoring" the work of telecommuting employees -- which is likely to make most workers only feel even less trusted.
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    Steve Tring, 17 Jun 2006 @ 5:11am

    Why is everyone so keen to do telecommuting? Because they have worked out they can help their employer by being more productive? Yeah right. The real reason is they want an extra hour in bed in the mornings and don't want the hassle of travelling to work. I have to interview prospective employees and I never employ anyone who asks about telecommuting. If someone goes to a job interview and the main thought at the front of their mind is how little time can I get away with being in this office cannot have much in the way of commitment or enthusiasm for the job.

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