RE: The Case Against Working at Home

Subject: RE: The Case Against Working at Home
From: Peter Gold <peter -at- knowhowpro -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2013 07:45:12 -0600

Al Geist makes an excellent point that the number of minutes being
logged-in/out doesn't accurately reflect participation.

I haven't followed the thread closely, so I may be repeating another point,
namely that remotely-based workers required to commute to work increase
atmospheric pollution. Even zero-emission cars pollute with debris from
disintegrating tires and brake shoes, and increase deterioriation of roads.

Companies' employee commuting policies that increase or decrease pollution
should be factored in with other energy-related actions and policies that
comprise their corporate carbon footprints.

The premise that forced attendance increases corporate quality and
productivity is flawed. "Beatings will continue until morale improves," is
not just a bumper sticker joke; it's a policy that workplaces whose culture
embodies the concept, sooner or later, will lose valuable employees and
their valuable intellectual production, to companies that value them.
Perhaps it's possible to force no-telecommuting policies in a weak economy,
but when job opportunities are abundant, employees will choose to work
where their work/life needs and choices are honored.


Peter Gold
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