Telecommuting Essay

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Abstract Telecommuting has become a trend as early as in the 1990s. However, in recent years, it has been widely criticized as it is being highly praised. While skeptics point out technology limitation and discipline degeneration as the weaknesses of telecommuting, this paper examines how its advantages outweigh disadvantages in three aspects: communities, employers, and employees. It creates abundant job opportunities and eases heavy traffic. It cuts down on operational costs and expands talent pools. And it presents a new approach for work-life balance and saves people with living expenses. Based on these three perspectives, I believe telecommuting should be strongly advocated and adopted in works and businesses. Telecommuting Should Be Advocated As a New Work Arrangement "In a country that has been moaning about low productivity and searching for new ways to increase it, the single most anti-productive thing we can do is ship millions of workers back and forth across the landscape every morning and evening." ---Alvin Toffler's Future Shock (1970) Are you sick of wasting hours on traffic? Do you feel yourself stupid wearing uniforms every weekday? Is working with people beside you really making you more productive? Does working in the cubic deprive you of the privacy? Fortunately you are not the first one having these concerns and certainly will never the last one. Just imagine yourself wearing soft pajamas, enjoying morning coffee, putting on the weekly hit songs, turning on the laptop, and starting your work freshly and comfortably. How wonderful is that? With telecommuting, this nice picture can actually become reality. According to the United States Office of Personnel Management (2013), telecommuting is a new form of work arrangement that places no specific requirements on where employee works. He can work from home or become a “nomad worker” using

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