Maybe Telecommuting Just Isn't Meant To Be

from the need-that-bridge dept

For years and years, we've discussed various trends in telecommuting, noting earlier this year that high gas prices and public transit strikes might help push the trend even further. However, the problems of telecommuting continue to mean that it's just not for everyone. The NY Times notes that, even in the transit strike last week, many workers who could have telecommuted preferred to brave the cold and go into the office. There are a variety of reasons given -- from the traditional need for "face time" to the basic separation between home and work life. For many, it appears, the "commute" is more than just the function of getting from home to the office and back again, but a mental separator to keep work out of home life. That's one issue that's not so easy to break down with technology. Still, it will be interesting to see if that's more a generational issue. I would imagine that today's multi-tasking, instant-messaging, text-messaging, listening-to-music, watching-tv, surfing-the-web all at once kids might not have as much need to separate home life from work life.
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    Paul Nejad, 27 Dec 2005 @ 10:07am

    Telecommuting

    So I read your article and I think that it really comes down to the generation, I am a 26 year old Sr. Project Engineer and telecommute to work about 90% of the time when not in travel for work, I think it's great, in the hour it takes for me to drive to work I have accomplished many things except waste gas...of course when needed I go into work for time in the lab and/or recreating an issue. My mother who is a Finance Director can also work from home however she prefers to drive into work, even though her commute is only 30 minutes, she can not stand to work from home...

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