Telecommuting's Potential

ICT infrastructures for telework are a key component of a green computing strategy, reducing both local commuting and long-distance travel costs and carbon. A Harvard Business Review Editor's Blog post, "The Telecommuting Imperative", takes on executive reluctance to advance telework. Among other motivations cited for moving more aggressively:

"According to a couple of interdependent researchers, Kate Lister and Tom Harnish, 33 million people in the U.S. could potentially do their jobs at home. Doing so would save them a combined $25 billion in gas purchases, not to mention all that commuting time that could otherwise be devoted to work."

I'll take a more detailed look at the Lister/Harnish work in a future post.


Thanks for your comment, Michael.

I, too, have come to prefer the term "telework" over "telecommuting" because it embraces much more than working from home as an alternative to a local work site. Global virtual teams, telework centers, online collaborative tools, and other concepts are all part of a broader telework vision.

The multi-location model involving telework centers is of particular interest right now because of a sustainable real estate educational program to which I am a contributor. I'll check out the Pocketsnet site, then follow up with you offline from Vertatique.


Another way?


I would like to offer another perspective on our current teleworking approach. After several years of research, I found the issues of working from home or hoteling have limitations that might require a fresh approach. The multi-location model presented on the pocketsnet website is a possible way to move beyond some of the impasses of current methods. I would be interested in opening a dialogue of the potential benefits derived from an aggregate solution. Last mile issues could be much more expensive in many ways than we have considered.

Best regards,

Michael Shear

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