Balancing act: Telecommuting controversy rages on

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  • Russell Howes Los Angeles, CA
    Nov. 5, 2013 12:43 a.m.

    "It seems I can't check out a website or cruise social media these days without hearing of another controversy regarding telecommuting."

    The controversies are exactly because of too much checking out of websites and cruising social media. :)

  • Daniel Leifker San Francisco, CA
    Nov. 2, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    I am the Daniel that Greg mentioned in his very interesting article. I did look at renting office space in my city just so I could get out of the house to work, but in the end I decided it wasn't worth it. $500 a month for a simple desk in an open work area was too much money. I could go to the public library 3 blocks from my house and get the same thing for free.

    If my business ever grows and I need to hire employees, the first thing I would do is move to a different state. (California has enormous tax and regulatory burdens on companies with employees.) The second thing I would do is implement a telecommuting policy whereby all employees had to be in the office for the same 4 hours a day (9am-1pm, noon-4:00pm, whatever) but could work up to 20 more hours anytime during the week. I don't know if this would be allowed under current labor laws, but I think it would be the best way. Employees could avoid rush hour but still collaborate face to face if needed.

  • Mukkake Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 30, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    [53 percent of tech workers surveyed said they would accept some kind of wage reduction in order to work from home. And some said they would accept a pay cut of more than 30 percent for the privilege.]

    I think this is telling. People who are most interested in telecommuting are less ambitious, both financially and career-wise. They want to do just enough, make just enough, and be done. The companies that appear to be most interested in scaling back telecommuting tend to be the ones most heavily focused on innovation. The unambitious rarely innovate. These companies seem to have found a way to prune the least ambitious employees, and make room for more innovative employees.

  • TheWalker Saratoga Springs, UT
    Oct. 29, 2013 6:01 p.m.

    I doubt that if 'culture' had as much to do with requiring people to come to the office as much as the question in the minds of the managers on whether or not the telecommuting employee was actually working 8 hours a day from home on a regular basis.

  • kamster Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 29, 2013 9:54 a.m.

    If you take into account all of the people who stop at my desk for sometimes up to 15 to 20 minutes and discuss absolutely nothing work related. Or stop by my desk and have these discussions between themselves as if I am invisible, thus making it impossible to concentrate, I would accomplish so much more by working at home. The amount of time wasted in an office is unreal.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 29, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    Does it 'rage on' or is 'continues' a good enough description? Does every discussion have to be angry?