Telework: The Path to Riches?
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  • When the product is information then, yes, teleporting works fine, or at least can in principle.

    However in the actual world we live in most goods and services are either physical objects or else require physical proximity to deliver.

    What’s more, every household, neighborhood, local community, metropolitan area, county, state, country, and continental area must export an amount of goods and services, most of which are physical, equal in value to those it consumes. (The only exceptions are rich people who live off capital income, people in prison, and the poor and disabled, who depend at least partly on welfare payments whose value is in excess of the taxes they pay.)

    When you look around your house at all the stuff that you buy you can see right away that this means a lot of physical work — unless you happen to be one of the lucky few with above average cognitive abilities. It is an intellectual fallacy — or, should I say, the intellectual’s fallacy? — to think otherwise.

  • I think the situation is more nuanced than presented. The report emphasizes small companies. There is a different level of commitment to the success of a company in small companies and large ones. While telework clearly works for employees who are dedicated to the success of the enterprise, the recent Yahoo! saga paints a different picture for large ones. FWIW, it appears to me that Ms Mayer is attempting to re-establish a team spirit which has been lost.

    • Clayton Holbrook

      In Yahoo!’s case there were teleworkers that some managers forgot even exisited. Is that a symptom of telework itself, or a sign of larger management and cultural issues? I say the later. Telework shouln’t be a scapegoat for much larger problems. Maybe once Ms Mayer circles the wagons a reinsitutues good working relationships, telework can be restablished for Yahoo! Imho, telework makes tons of sense for Yahoo! given the IT nature of the company.

  • SteveC

    I support telework, but this study seems to have found only correlation between telework and increased revenue, and we have to remember that correlation is not necessarily causation. Rather than telework causing increased revenue, it could simply be that more successful companies are more likely to allow telework.

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