The Case Against Telecommuting


An exec makes his case against telecommuting: "But if someone in the Missoula, Mont., office wants to work from home without a very good reason, I have a simple answer: No. And if we're hiring, we prefer to recruit people who can come into the office every day, even if the job could be done from anywhere."

I don't disagree with him about the benefits of face time. But it's not really an all-or-nothing question -- people can work remotely sometimes, and come to the office at other times. Some tasks may be done more efficiently off-site.

As this survey showed, a lot of workers are asking for some flexibility -- and a lot of bosses are just saying no.

That kind of management-by-decree would seem likely to undo a lot of the benefits of face time and camaraderie, wouldn't it?