Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Telecommuting

One of the benefits of our internet age is the advent of telecommuting (from the Greek tele-, meaning “far”, and the Latin commutare, or “curse at one’s fellow travellers”). Technology has enabled us to enjoy road rage from the comfort of our homes.

Telecommuting is based on information technology, and typically only applies to information technology jobs. There are few manufacturing workers, for example, who can take advantage:


Toss that transmission on the conveyor belt and I’ll assemble it when it reaches the bedroom window.

It’s also challenging for health care professionals:

Come by the house at 4:00. I can look at that goiter right after “Spongebob.”

Since telecommuting is a relatively new concept, I thought it would be helpful to share some insights. In particular, …

The Top Ten Things About Telecommuting:

  • 10 - Garlic bagels for breakfast.
  • 9 - No wasting money on razor blades, shampoo and soap.
  • 8 - Dress casual (or not!) everyday … but watch out for that webcam.
  • 7 - Get your traffic report from Speedtest
  • 6 - Spend quality time and really bond with your cats. (Dogs, gerbils, ferrets, whatever)
  • 5 - Use your commuting time to … work.
  • 4 - Forget the stupid little single serving coffee makers (and their environmental carnage.)
  • 3 - Check email during meetings. Oh, wait … you did that anyway!
  • 2 - Renew your driver’s license when line is not two miles long.

And the number one thing about telecommuting:

  • 1 - Do the words “executive washroom” mean anything to you?