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Too bad. I work for two clients who work with virtual teams. We only
see each other at regular team update meetings. This arrangement is
fine with me as I don't really need the face time and, as you say,
there are usually too many distractions in an office. Take heart. I
believe that as the baby boomers (like me) retire and die off in
droves, and as the workforce becomes increasingly global,
telecommuting may become a more attractive and necessary option for
some companies. It's only a matter of time. I would never have thought
twenty or thirty years ago that I would be part of a virtual company.
At that time, 'virtual' had a completely different meaning and
Internet technology and laptops were still science fiction!
On 3-May-09, at 6:12 PM, Sarah Stegall wrote:
> Unfortunately no matter how logical and sensible the reasons for
> telecommuting may be, even companies who are innovative and tech-
> savvy shy away from it. My company makes network appliances; we're
> wired to the max with high-bandwidth access from anywhere. Yet this
> very week, management sent out a memo reminding us that
> telecommuting is the exception, not the rule. This applies to tech
> writers like me, even though at least half of my work is done better
> from home, where there are no distractions. Alas, what I call
> "distractions", management tends to call "networking", "meeting
> time" and "face time". And management also thinks it is demoralizing
> for those who come to work to find empty cubicles everywhere. So the
> real, actual needs of the workforce (telecommuting), which would
> probably result in greater productivity, must give way to the
> insecurities and neuroses of management.
> Le sigh.
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