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  • Downside of Telework
    I worked for a Fortune 50 company for over 25 years. During that time they were at the forefront of implementing telecommuting, primarily due to the explosive growth changes impacting the IT area of business. The company implemented telecommuting trials in the early 1990s with the advent of email and other collaborative software and again in the early 2000s with the growth of the internet for business use. Those trials underscored two major points; 1) it works for some people/jobs and 2) it doesn’t work for other people/jobs. Well, duh. There is an implied benefit to telecommuting/telework which I’m sure the statisticians look to. But this falls under the category of bias as these promoters are looking for the statistics that support the benefits of telework and ignoring those that don’t. Sounds like an opinion? Nope. Telework still falls into the same two categories that is did before; works for some, not for others. Telework should not be regarded as a regular business practice. It should be an option limited to the appropriate jobs (e.g., IT testing and collaboration) and appropriate circumstances (bad weather/traffic, emergency situations). I’m hesitant to get into the human factor (or dehumanizing factor) of telework because it seems that a growing number of people are placing equal value on virtual relationships as they do personal relationships. Too bad.
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