At least that's what Wired columnist Brendan I. Koerner says in his latest piece championing the values of telecommuting - and urging bosses to send everyone home for good, saving green on all the cubicle space the company won't need.
Last year, researchers from Penn State analyzed 46 studies of telecommuting conducted over two decades and covering almost 13,000 employees. Their sweeping inquiry concluded that working from home has "favorable effects on perceived autonomy, work-family conflict, job satisfaction, performance, turnover intent, and stress." The only demonstrable drawback is a slight fraying of the relationships between telecommuters and their colleagues back at headquarters — largely because of jealousy on the part of the latter group. That's the first problem you solve when you kill your office.
Saved cash on fuel and true commuting, retransplant costs and even less distractions are why this is a no-brainer, Koerner writes. It's all about letting your gadgets keep you tethered to the office.
But I'm not so sure. I think it's easier to get distracted at home -- depending on what's there (spouse? kids? pets? Guitar Hero?). And the monotony of the office can be just as bad as the monotony of home. Having worked at home for a considerable stretch, telecommuting all the time ruins the solace that my home provides for me. (Unless I go to Starbucks. But it's such a hassle.)
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