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"Murphy was an optimist!"

Think Globally January 11, 2007 12:32 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Environment, Technology
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Our world is shrinking. Companies send IT jobs abroad but the tech industry also imports. I work with several companies abroad or in other states. I work with almost no local companies. I have to admit that it is a cool feeling to quote projects in foreign currencies. I only hope the US dollar doesn’t change too much between the beginning and end of the project!

Working remotely with so many different people has really shown me that there is a future in getting people away from corporate offices. I think in the next 10-15 years we will see a great trend in encouraging people to create home offices and work from their houses (at least part of the week). Customer service personnel, financial people, IT people, programmers and many other types of jobs could be done with short centralize meetings or even via video conferencing and desktop sharing. Office costs in furniture, heating/cooling, electricity, leasing and other infrastructure costs could be severely reduced. Transportation costs could be greatly reduced. Imagine if 50% of the work force suddenly quit driving 30-40 minutes each direction to work! I see it! I can imagine government tax cuts to encourage such a future!

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1. AT - January 11, 2007

I can entirely do my job from the house, and have, but the boss rathers I be in the office.
Why?
Not sure.
But he’s the boss… ug.

2. Cathy - January 11, 2007

cough-micromanaging-cough

3. djuggler - January 11, 2007

Getting management to accept that uncomfortable feeling of not being sure if they are getting the work that they pay for will be the challenge to be overcome.

4. AT - January 12, 2007

But thats the irony there. I listen to music on my computer, play solitare, and read comic books.
Can’t I do that at home?

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