The Missing Piece In Getting People To Telecommute? Gas Prices

from the and-so-it-goes dept

There have been plenty of stories about how telecommuting has become more popular in the last few years as the technology has reached a level where it really is possible to work at home almost as if you were at work. Still, there have been cultural issues to deal with -- especially the view that telecommuters were slacking off at home. However, it looks like the continually rising gas prices are making telecommuting appear to be much more appealing to many workers -- and some are wondering if it's one of the missing elements in creating a new wave of telecommuting employees.
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    malhombre, 20 Aug 2005 @ 6:12am

    Re: Some examples PRO telecommuting

    Good post, real first-hand experience always trumps any studies, opinions, or second hand debate IMHO.

    Yeah, and wouldn't work at home tend to counteract the rising cost of gas? Demand Supply = Lowered Price, right? Not to mention the possible reduction of greenhouse gasses and traffic congestion and road rage and all that.

    I am curious as to how you are managed and compensated. Seems to me that a deadline system (i.e. paid by the job, if delivered on time) would be the system most likely to work in this scenario, not sure how US labor law would affect that setup if at all.

    Some companies may have other, legitimate reasons to shy away from work at home other than the corral and control rationale...for example, how do you effectively administer IT security that is spread out to individual homes - regardless of the technology issues, the company has no way of knowing who might be reading over your shoulder. Many companies, of course, are tight about their proprietary and internal methods, so this doesn't only apply to obvious security issues like being a military contractor and such.

    Not unresolveable, but maybe too complicated or involved an issue to allow many of them to think outside the box.

    But it sure seems like a good idea if, like your example, it can be made to work effectively.

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