The End of Telecommuting?

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It’s like clockwork: The sun rises and we all get in our cars to travel to a cubicle and a computer, where we log onto the Internet, a technology that was designed so that we could communicate with anyone fromanywhere. When you’re stuck fuming in a rush-hour traffic jam, it’s easy to get philosophical about it all….

What exactly is the point of all this?

Well, in recent years, there’s been a lot of research to back up the notion that in many cases, there isn’t one. The traffic tie-ups and cubicle culture are all relics of a bygone era of office management. In its place, telecommuting, conference calling – and possibly even robots – are being heralded as the new age of office work. And in many ways, it makes sense. Research shows that allowing employees to work from home can cut costs, improve productivity and help employees strike a better work-life balance.

But then, in late February, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer burst our vision of that beautiful work-at-home bubble by pulling the plug – full stop – on telecommuting at Yahoo. It left a lot of people wondering: If telecommuting really represents a more flexible, efficient and futuristic workplace, why was Mayer sending everyone back to their cubicles? Is the work-at-home dream all but over? Find out in my new post on GoldenGirlFinance.com.

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