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Fuel cost is part of it. Companies are already under pressure from the EPA to reduce the number of miles driven by commuting employees. They're
urged to support carpooling and van-share programs. Seems to me that if they showed the EPA how many miles are saved by having people work remotely, they'd come out ahead. Remote working would probably become a new standard if companies could get a tax credit for that mileage reduction.
I've always thought that for office-type jobs that don't involve dealing with customers or partners, the financial analysis would be overwhelmingly on the side of remote working. If everyone works at home the company doesn't have to maintain physical plant for their use - no building to rent, no paying people to mow the grass around it, no furniture to buy, no electric bill, no water bill. And I wonder if any company has ever thought of arguing down their insurance costs because of remote work. If an employee slips and falls in his own house, the company isn't liable.
It'll be an interesting experiment. With ever increasing fuel costs, we'll have to keep an eye on how long it lasts.
From: Cardimon, Craig [mailto:ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2013 9:58 AM
To: Porrello, Leonard; 'Janoff, Steven'; 'TECHWR-L'
Subject: RE: Yahoo!'s telecommute policy
The opinions on Forbes that I have read are in favor of Mayer. The business side of things wants everyone under the same roof, apparently.
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