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I think telecommuting is fine for that part of the creative class who have an established set of marketable skills, but it won't suit entry-level jobs and it has little application to most of the jobs that most people do.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jun 1st, 2011 at 06:52:22 AM EST
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I disagree. A good proportion of office jobs can be done from home. Entry-level jobs like call-centre work can easily be done from home.

The only jobs that can't are the ones where physical stuff has to be warehoused and/or processed. But anything that's paper-based, phone-based or e-based is an easy win.

Some businesses are already doing it. I know a couple of people with ordinary office jobs who have been shifted out of central London properties and are now working from home.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Jun 1st, 2011 at 07:21:21 AM EST
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I know a couple of people with call center jobs who provide phone support for a large satellite TV firm from their homes in the middle of nowhere

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jun 1st, 2011 at 07:28:27 AM EST
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No, especially as routine paperwork becomes electronic and it becomes routine to scan physical paperwork as it arrives. The issue isn't being able to do the job, it's more a management issue - bosses like to see rows of peons working away where they can see them.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Jun 1st, 2011 at 07:36:19 AM EST
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Well what status is there in being a distributed manager? in not having serried ranks of  peons slaving in front of you?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jun 1st, 2011 at 07:47:27 AM EST
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