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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    GoodBytes, 19 Aug 2005 @ 11:27pm

    Some examples PRO telecommuting

    I am a software developer, working for over 3 years for US companies, while I live in Europe. The first 2 years I was going to work in my local company, and this last year I work only from home. During all this period, I never had a problem that I could not solve because I was at home, and I was never late with my project schedule.

    Another story: my local company develops and sells software to companies in my country (Macedonia), but also in the surrounding countries. The software is developed in my company's offices, but some people can work from home if they want. After the project is finished and the software is installed at the customer's site, we continue with education, and then with maintenance after that. All this is done remotely, and only in very small number of cases we send someone to go to the customer's offices - usually when there is a hardware problem (and in case we are maintaining the client's hardware, too). And, if the client is far from us, e.g. in another country, we have a partner-team located there, which can resolve hardware or communication problems. Thanks to all this, some of the software development team, the QA team, and the consultants and the CR team can work from home.

    What I want to say is that the technology makes it possible for people to work remotely, giving them more time (to work and to rest), making them more productive, allowing them to work at more flexible hours, and also allowing them to promptly solve problems in so many cases.

    And, since everybody in the food chain is happy, starting from the managers, through the clients, and finally the workers, where is the problem?

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