Saturday, May 31, 2008

The slippery slope of telecommuting

Higher gas prices -> one-day-a-week telecommuting -> constant telecommuting -> "extreme" telecommuting from different parts of the globe.

I am skeptical. Although some lines of work are pretty amenable to this sort of progression, others certainly aren't. And distributing work in this way tends to be accompanied by attenuated organizational structures and typically a shift to temporary federations of subcontractors rather than stable long-term organizations. Definitely we are seeing and will continue to see this sort of movement in some sectors, but I don't think it will catch on across the entire workforce the way casual Fridays did. -
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