Saturday, February 1, 2014

Rethink telecommuting

The Indiana State Police have an email notification system set up and lately with all the bad weather around here have been hammering a constant refrain, "rethink your trip", encouraging people not to go out into the snowy, slippery conditions if at all possible and slowing down, increasing distances and driving conservatively.

This is all well and good for those who can afford to skip trips but the number of people out on the road could have been much lower if we had thought ahead and made better arrangements to support telecommuting. Increasing the number of people working from home creates fewer people who have to go out into the snow regardless of the weather. Laying in the infrastructure to increase telecommuting is a long term solution that takes foresight and guts. It involves some fundamental changes in the way we do business, especially in the white collar world, which is the vast majority of telecommuting potential.