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Telework: The Miracle Cure
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  • Andy

    Also, it actually lets me work longer hours because I’m not wasting time shaving, putting on pants, and driving my car… TMI?

  • Andy

    Seriously though, all good points.

    Time is money. You cannot have it all. I have chosen to prioritize my family life, and I accept the limits that places on my corporate ladder climbing. It is still a net benefit to me. Let everyone make their own decision about that, and let every employer, especially small businesses, also make their own decisions about whether and to what degree to impose that “flexibility stigma”.

  • Boritz

    And last but far from least: It’s a managerial bad attitude petty power struggle issue. (very very complex, doesn’t work for everybody, needs more study, revisit again next year)

  • JDogg

    Being a software engineering with a long commute, I would love telecommuting, but I think WRM is barking up the wrong tree here. Face-to-face time is still critical for most professions. Longer-term I’m hoping for something like Hyperloop where a 1.5 hr commute from the near suburbs to a 30-45 minute commute from the mountains.

    • Curious Mayhem

      Just wait: Elon Musk is working on the holodeck. Any day now ….

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Just as soon as he can score a few more billion dollars in taxpayer money.

      • JDogg

        Holodeck would be cool too!

  • FriendlyGoat

    Dandy idea for the kinds of work that can literally be phoned in. It works best when people with the kinds of work that cannot be phoned in aren’t too aware of others’ privilege to tele-commute.

    • Jim__L

      Take the cars off the road for the telecommuters, and everyone has an easier time getting around.

      • FriendlyGoat

        Yes, true, and there are many advantages to tele-commuting—–a chief one being the traffic/driving time/fuel thing on roads. There is also a reduction of office gossip when fewer people are there.

        I have a neighbor who works full time from home now doing the same work she used to drive 35 miles each way for. She is much happier and even is given as much overtime as she wants—–currently doing 50 hours, getting paid for 55 and she was always putting in those extra 10 anyway—-driving at her own expense instead of getting paid.

        Still, there is some jealousy about this from folks whose jobs are just not of the off-site nature.

        • Jim__L

          An added bonus is that a community 35 miles away (which is almost certainly a community where her dollars go farther) is getting more of her expenditures, which means that people in non-telecommute type jobs get to live someplace cheaper too, and the money she pays them goes farther.

          Anything that wears down the overpriced, overcrowded piles of people that we call Cities is a good thing.

  • Andrew Allison

    Gee, and there I was thinking flying cars were the answer [grin]. Seriously though, what this post overlooks is that when women are care-giving, it doesn’t matter whether they are at home or at work, they’re not working.

    • Jim__L

      Even if you can’t “have it all”, you can have a whole lot more if you don’t have to spend hours per day in your car.

      Honestly, what this post really overlooks is the value of motherhood. If a woman makes a dollar for every dollar a man makes instead of forgoing that money to raise kids, the human species would go extinct.

      • Andrew Allison

        I thought about addressing the commute time issue, but in the interest of brevity, left is at the self-evident statement that while giving care women are not working.
        I agree with you about the value of motherhood, but unless you are suggesting that women be paid more per hour than men, it’s not relvant to the discussion (the reason women get paid less).

        • Jim__L

          I’m not the one suggesting that women be paid more per hour than men. (It would be about the only way to solve the “pay gap”, as it’s currently propagandized.)

          The fact is that the reason women get “paid less” is not that they make less per hour than men do. It’s that they work fewer hours, and the vast majority of that is because they are mothers.

          By the way, the idea that women are somehow “valued less” than men are is a bald-faced lie — a piece of propaganda propagated by feminists who just want a club to beat men with. It is feminists who value women less than men, when they devalue motherhood.

  • Avi_in_Jerusalem

    Logically the spirit of this article is correct, but there is still a lot of work to do to convince business. You can start with IBM which is going in the opposite direction
    Personally, I drive an hour and a bit each way, four days a week to my office and on Fridays (the day off here) I work from home. Managing people in the same physical space is difficult enough. Once they are no longer physically present, there are not that many managers and processes that work well enough to allow true remote working. It will come though.

    • Old Gunny

      Read the following again. “Managing people in the same physical space is difficult enough. Once they are no longer physically present, there are not that many managers and processes that work well enough to allow true remote working.” Anyone who doubts this has never managed people.

  • lhfry

    No. Telework is a disaster, especially for mothers. It means that they are on the job 24/7 rather than working for a defined period away from home. Surveys show that most mothers would rather raise their own children and hopefully the “shortage of quality daycare” will hasten that possibility. Women who now choose to raise their own children are at a financial disadvantage, since many tax benefits are available to those who choose to farm their children out. Recent research shows that the early years are terribly important for brain development and yet the advocacy goes toward the chimera of “quality” child care, not finding a way to encourage women not to work outside the home while their children are small.
    Child raising is a woman’s most important life work, if she chooses to have children. Today’s life expectancy would permit women to have both a “career” and raise their own children. They just can’t have these two things simultaneously and it’s time we faced this problem head on.

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