Sunday, April 10, 2011

Are we there yet?

In his 1980 book, The Third Wave , Alvin Toffler predicted a move towards the work at home employee due to the rising costs of commuting and gasoline. Yet here we are, 30 some years later still commuting to work, fueling our cars to do so, and paying almost $4.00/gallon.

If telecommuting were so profitable to companies then why aren't we there already?
Other authors have written about the offshoring / outsourcing trend, where work is sent via telecommunications to other countries, completed, and sent back. Surely if we can do that, why can't we use less gasoline to commute by having more people work from home now? Maybe using less fossil fuels to get to offices heated, cooled, and lit by fossil fuels would balance our budget?
Why don't our legislators enact a bill that taxes companies not meeting a certain level of work at home employees much more heavily than those who do? I suggest a quota of 75%  of all employees of any one company work from home at least 12 out of 16 work days per month.
Opinions, please?

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