41% report some work at home — but how much of this “telecommuting” was not optional work performed by people achieving a better work-life balance but obligatory work imposed by the ability of employers employing technology to keep many categories of employees tethered to their desks electronically?
People in academic or government employment may not fully appreciate this but private-sector professionals likely do. I worked for 47 years before retiring in 2010, often in very demanding jobs. But until the last dozen or so years, I might have spent long hours in the office when needed, but by and large, when I was at home, intrusions on my time were reasonably limited. Being wired and connecting 24/7 with Blackberries, mobile phones, and laptops with easy broadband internet connections changed that dramatically. Yes, my “productivity” increased, basically because I was conveniently on tap to work anytime.