While there are definite benefits to working from home, there are downsides. I am fortunate to work at home two days a week, and I appreciate the flexible attitude of my boss to last minute changes in my schedule. When I’m writing and need to concentrate, it’s great. But my team has a lot of impromptu meetings and the time I spend in the office is invaluable. The 40 minute commute by car is tolerable. I don’t want to work from home 100% of the time.
I also managed a team of telecommuters and there are drawbacks. I had one team member who I suspected was being abused by her husband, one who I suspected had a substance abuse problem, and one who had medical problems and was trying to keep working despite her illness. These issues are challenging management issues under normal circumstances, let alone with telecommuters.
While the CEOs may love telecommuters because it improves the bottom line, and they are great for women with children, there are some unresolved issues and also a human cost to this development.
I’m just planning to sit back and watch the MBA types try to tackle this issue…