Hurricane Sandy left many people in the Northeast, including much of our staff here at Wall Street Daily, unable to make it into the office this week.
But those lucky enough to have power and a solid internet connection can still work from home to keep businesses running. And for some, not having to commute – or put on real clothes – is probably looking like an attractive prospect.
Indeed, with today’s advanced mobile devices and video conferencing technology, telecommuting is becoming more and more popular.
However, convincing your employer to allow regular telecommutes isn’t always easy.
No matter how much today’s technology allows us to do our jobs effectively from just about anywhere, many managers prefer a more traditional workplace.
Case in point: According to Patrick Thibodeau of Computerworld, “The federal government encourages telecommuting by its workers, and publishes an annual report about its adoption. This report repeatedly cites management issues, not technology, as a major impediment to telecommuting.”
That could all change soon, however.
NTT Computer Science Laboratories in Japan is developing a new technology that breathes a bit of life back into teleconferencing. So even managers who like to hold meetings in the flesh might be open to it.
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