While I have been espousing telecommuting and moreover discussing frequently how IP communications enables companies to hire remote workers without losing productivity… Even I have been a bit surprised that some companies have such a large number of at home workers.
This man just received an e-mail requesting he start coming to the office
For example call center agents do not necessarily need to collaborate in a face-to-face fashion with their peers and one imagines there is no productivity lost when these workers work from home.
But other workers do benefit greatly from human interaction unencumbered by internet protocol.
So I guess my surprise comes in response to the types of positions that have been assigned to work-at-home personnel.
It seems that some of the companies who were the leading champions of telecommuting are pulling some of their workers back.
I wonder if these organizations think they may have overdone it it when it comes to telecommuting and are now pulling people back in an effort to find the right balance between the two forms of work.