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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    Icebrk, 27 Dec 2005 @ 6:16am

    Telecommuting for years n loving it

    Although I've grown up a bit the last few years I've held some sort of computer job since I was 12. The last few years I've been studying/living abroad and telecommuting is the only reason I can do it. My job was kind enough to let me work from across the ocean. I find that if surround myself by all the positive influences I can sit down at home and do a weeks worth of work in a single day. Collaboration is usually done via IP telephony and lately we've been playing with Video conferencing. I come back to NY twice a year at which time I spend a good week or 2 comming into the office. Having one of these 2 weeks coiincde with the MTA strike was a nice bit of irony. I can however understand for people that have their homes full with their family this is very different. if I had a nagging wife and screaming kids at home I too might be inclined to come into the office.

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