Telecommuting Pendulum Swinging Back In The Other Direction?

from the management-fads dept

One of the more amusing things to watch in the business world is how management fads swing back and forth like a pendulum. It appears that just as telecommuting was becoming a lot more popular, leading to buzzwords like homeshoring, some are already moving in the other direction. HP, who was one of the first big companies to promote more flexible work rules is apparently cutting back on telecommuting for their IT staff, claiming that too many people were abusing it and workers are more productive when together. This is pretty much the complete opposite of competitor Sun, which has tried to get as many people as possible to telecommute (apparently 83% of their IT staff now are telecommuters). Both approaches seem a bit extreme. Telecommuting, by itself, is neither good nor bad. It certainly can be abused -- but allowing people to work from home can have tremendous advantages as well. Rather than declaring it completely a good thing or bad thing, it would seem to make sense to have a more balanced approach that looks at the different situations of different employees to see when it makes sense and when it doesn't. Of course, a balanced approach doesn't sell well when it comes to promoting the latest management fad.

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    anonymous coward, 5 Jun 2006 @ 1:53pm

    this is an unofficial layoff. how do you get half of your staff to quit? make their lives fucking miserable.

    as usual, the half that leaves is the talented/motivated half. the half that will stay will be the bottom of the barrel. expect HP's MIS team to really start sucking ass...

    by the way, anyone with exec background at W-M and Dell would hardly be considered an "employee advocate". Those employees are probably lucky they aren't motivated by cattle prod or electrodes to the scrotum.

    clearly the sign of a corporation well past its prime and on slippery slope to obsolescence.

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