Monday, August 28, 2006
Telecommuting Is Lonely For Some
Most people welcome the opportunity to work from home. It allows them to save time, energy and gas money, while quite literally providing the "comforts of home". Yet a substantial minority miss the structure and the human interaction that comes with working in an office. According to a recent survey, the number of workers who telecommute at least one day a week rose 30 percent from 2004 to 2005, to 9.9 million - but, according to another survey, 14 percent of those who have the opportunity to telecommute still prefer to go to the office. The office is where their friends are, and where the real action happens, and many are reluctant to telecommute because they feel they might miss out. IBM, 40 percent of whose employees work out of the office on any given day, has taken steps to eradicate telecommuter dissatisfaction. It has established auxiliary facilities which telecommuters may use as temporary office space, and has expanded its network of IBM-related extracurricular activities to provide its employees greater opportunities to get together for parties, sports events, and so on. As a result, morale ratings rose 28 percent over an 18 month period.
Check out the link below to learn more about telecommuter malaise, and the basic needs that all corporate employees working from home must satisfy.
"When Working At Home Doesn't Work" from the Baltimore Sun