Patent Office Offers Telecommuters Free Home Broadband, Provided They Itemize Porn Consumption
from the It's-4PM-and-I-haven't-showered dept
Thanks to a surge in the number of home broadband connections, telecommuting has grown from a measly 4 million people in 1990, to 45 million people in 2006. An attorney editorialist for CNET is the latest to wax poetic over the idea of teleworking, and suggests that reimbursing home workers for their broadband connections is the latest trend. Of course he only offers one example of this -- the U.S. Patent Office, who has launched a new telework initiative to help cut traditional office costs. According to the new program, home workers can be reimbursed for their home broadband connection, but they have to "attest to the percentage of ISP services used for work-related purposes," which seems like a painfully untrusting and impossible endeavor (30% porn, 20% BBS trolling, 40% work, 10% p2p, sir). While the Patent Office may be embracing telework, companies remain decidedly split over the idea. Employees too are torn -- some loving the idea, while others prefer the office, for all the traditional reasons -- from a lack of face time when they telework, to a need to keep home and work distinctly separate. A new survey rehashes this old ground, noting that 60% of executives think telecommuting is a career killer, since they can't get adequate face time with the boss man. Many bosses meanwhile, no matter how many times it's made clear that users can be productive at home (judged by the quality of their work), remain utterly convinced that home workers are lounging around in slippers playing Soduku.