Thursday, July 01, 2010

Federal government should encourage more telecommuitng (report)

Booz Allen Hamilton and the Partnership for Public Service have issued a report (link) encouraging the federal government to look much more vigorously into opportunities for worker telecommuting. Up to 80% of jobs could be done partly from home in emergencies. The report also encourages breaking down the “presenteeism” mentality and evaluate work on quantifiable results only.

Joe Davison has an article on the report in the July 1 Washington Post on the Federal Page.

Again, a few companies have developed customer service business models where the workers perform entirely from home on their own equipment.

Carpooling and the use of "slug lines" has always been problematic in salaried IT work, where production support requirements can become unpredictable.

In the early 1990s, it became common for companies to lend IT employees terminals and then laptops for on-call production support from home.

Judging from the picture, the one career where people really work from home,or from the field, is journalism.

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