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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    Chris, 20 Aug 2005 @ 9:15am

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    I work in IT, doing mainly internal network, hardware upgrades, phone, PC, and WinTerm support.

    Everything I can do at the office I can do from home through VPN. I have a broadband connection at home already that rivals our connection at the office. I get reimbursed for my cell phone up to $50/month and I carry a support pager when on call every 3rd weekend.

    In fact, next week I'll be working from home for 3 days. Only because we have external auditors coming in who need an office to work out of and my boss volunteered, since as he says, "We can work from anywhere with a decent Internet connection." I drive 50 miles to work round trip every day so I am certainly not complaining about saving $20 in gas and tolls.

    And since this is a slow time of year for our business I can carry the pager and just grab calls as they come in, while doing things around the house.

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