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Monday, June 14, 2004 2:33 PM
Telecommutational facts
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Robert Weisman, writing in the Boston Globe today (the link will break in a day or two) reports that International Data Corp. has revised down its estimate of the telecommuting growth rate. IDC now says that the rate of increase of employees who work remotely three or more days a month will climb just over 2% every year through 2008; they had been estimating the annual growth rate at 5-6%.

Why the slow down in growth? The article suggests that the jobless rate means that businesses don't have to be flexible. Besides, the article suggests, businesses don't really trust telecommuters. They think we telecommuters are drinking beer and watching the soaps.

The truth is that I did watch The Simpsons this morning with our daughter because, well, I wanted to. There's no reason for an employer not to trust me about this, though: Just ask and I'll be happy to tell 'em.


Randy Berlin - 6/14/2004 8:52:28 PM
I remember this hot topic right before the 96' Olympics and during the Internet boom. I do not have the data that IDC affords itself but my opinion is worth two cents or so. and it comes out sooner! (2) reasons why telecommuting is not growing quicker than 2%.
1. slow corp growth rates which has caused an abundance of office space. why let people telecommute when there's empty office space at the company HQ's?

2. Telecommunting is one way of increasing job satisfaction and since the employer holds the cards for now, there's no need to adapt. 'People should be thankful they have a job' is the current message.

I'd rather have our person come up with an idea at 3am and get on it and then watch the Simpsons in the AM than a 9 to 5'er who takes 5 smoke breaks during the day and never produces beyond 5:01pm.
Kevin - 6/14/2004 5:00:00 PM
Companies often bring this question to the table when discussing issues like telecommuting: What if everyone did it? It's often said with nose-holding and fear. And it's all about control.

As for me, I'd rather have great work than great attendance.


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