The Remote Worker
It's great to be able to work from home. The Internet gives us a great deal of flexibility to do that. What with webcams, voice over IP, email and IM, we're almost as connected as when we work in the company office. In fact, even in an office, we usually just IM'd each other anyways. No need to get up from your desk to see if something is done.
And yet, many companies are reluctant to allow their employees work from home on a regular or semi-regular basis. I was quite surprised to see a job posting for Happy Cog, headed by Jeffrey Zeldman, require the person to be able to work on-site.
Some say that working in an office is more efficient but is that true or simply perception? A study over six years ago, before many of the conveniences that we have today, showed 87 percent of employees had a positive or very positive impact on the quality of work.
As a freelancer, I rarely see my clients face-to-face and while it hasn't been without its own challenges, it's worked out extremely well. Very few of my clients are here within the city and those that are, I've only seen them a couple times.
With well-defined requirements and the slew of technology at our fingertips, is there a need to be able to work on-site anymore?