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Telecommuting has its own pitfalls, though.

Oh, I don't doubt that it can be good for the company. But if you're not careful it produces a cubicle culture where employees don't interact with each other in any natural way.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue May 31st, 2011 at 05:36:53 PM EST
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You can balance that by meeting once a month and making it an Informal Friday - for those who live close enough to do that.

And I'm finding it difficult to think of anything more cubicle-ish and artificial than the usual corporate at-work interactions.

I've been working from home since 1993, and I get far more done in far less time than I've ever been able to manage in an office.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue May 31st, 2011 at 05:48:04 PM EST
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I miss my cubicle back at Census.  Sure, the building was in a demilitarized zone, and the commute was four times longer, but it was also new!  And it had insulation.  Now I have my own office in a muggy old building that I'm pretty sure must have been built during Union occupation or something.  The elevators break down almost daily.

Voldemort also doesn't let us use the heating system in winter anymore.


So, yeah, I'm down with the whole work-from-home thing.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Tue May 31st, 2011 at 07:20:25 PM EST
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Like you, I've been working from home (or away from the fray) for nearly 20 years, and I'm part of a network of small companies and freelancers that assemble for media projects. I'm tempted to say I'm part of a creative ecosystem that is enabled by communication technologies.

I even have several regular clients I've never met F2F, though there are always 'connectors' involved i.e. trusted colleagues who recommend my work (and vice versa). These faceless clients tend to be outside Helsinki - as far away as Lapland.

The advantages to the entrepreneur are obvious: no expensive office space, little travel time and travel expenses (I DO meet clients), flexible work hours, better life quality, etc. There needs to be a greater investment in communication tech, but these days it's fairly cheap.

For clients, their 'advantage' is that they need to construct better briefs! And that means no more meetings without agendas and decisions. "We need to have another meeting to find out why we are not getting through our workload".

For society it means (or should) fewer cars on the roads, rural repopulation, profitable public transport, less pollution, support for local shops and services - and peace of mind.

The problem, of course, is that not all work is as interesting and challenging as the work you and I do. I'd do it for free - and I often do it for free for non-profit projects or to help younger colleagues get started. In corporate panoptikonia, the slave-driving hierarchy can only control workers in unsatisfying jobs by putting them in cells, and only allowing them out at night. There has to be a better way.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Jun 1st, 2011 at 03:51:22 AM EST
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