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Depending on what you do, there's a greater chance you work from home these days, at least some of the time. This concept was once so novel that it had a futuristic term, "telecommuting," invented to describe it. I'm not sure that word is used much anymore, though wikipedia has an entry for it. There you will find some loosey goosey statistics that suggest that 40 percent of the working population could telecommute. I'm not sold on that, but the environmental and cost savings are potentially remarkable and easier to calculate.

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Comments (3)
As the technologies that support working from home (or elsewhere) increase and improve (e.g. Microsoft Live Meeting), and as companies adopt and promote these technologies, it is difficult to avoid the virtual office. Even if you commute to the office, many companies are using flexible user-shared environments where you simply find an available desk to work at. This is both an economic tactic and a cultural one that is meant to foster an un-anchored sense of independence commonly associated with a younger working force. There is also the global nature of today's businesses, where you may need to meet virtually with colleagues in India or China at 'off-hour' times.I understand your nostalgia, but I don't think we can turn back the clock in this regard.
Posted by DONN B | Friday, January 07 2011 at 1:28PM ET
Thanks for the tips, Jim. Noted. As a team, I think we are looking forward to the benefits and will find innovative ways to work around the disadvantages. Personally, I see the flexibility and no commute as added benefits to my quality of life. The camaraderie an office offers will surely be missed, however, we all happen to like each other, so will make time for face time.

-Val, info-mgmt.com, senior editor

Posted by Valerie V | Friday, January 07 2011 at 2:13PM ET
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