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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Mixed messages about telecommuting

Is it realistic to believe that more companies want to offer their employees telecommuting? In 2006 Working Mother 100 Best Companies the magazine says 99 percent offer telecommuting on a part-time basis (compared to 26% nationwide). Maybe there's a huge divide between the best, and all the rest.
Many workers I have interviewed say the high gas prices (and horrible South Florida traffic) have given them more interest in telecommuting, at least a few days a week. But some of them think face time is critical, particularly with office politics what they are today.
I just received an e-mail from International Data Corporation (IDC) that predicts that by 2009, the number of mobile workers in the United States will reach more than 70% of the total workforce. The company says it surveyed HR managers and a majority said it's likely that telecommuting will increase over the next two years. I disagree. Any increases in telecommuting will be insignificant. The fear factor plays a stronger role in our decision to telecommute than any corporate policy. Simply put: managers fear opening the door for staff to work from home and workers are afraid of what they'll miss if they aren't in the office.
Time will prove me right, or wrong!


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