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I was thinking today, while working on a copier in a customer service hub (one of the kind where there's about 200 people in a cubicle farm answering phone calls), about a simple idea.
What if 50% of these types of people were able to do their job from home? What would the positives be?
Well, they'd use less gas, by not having to drive to and from work every day of the week. And by using less gas, the demand for gas would decrease (a little at least), and then so would the price.
For the people that HAD to go to the office, or work a job that really requires driving, like mine (copier tech), there would be substantially less traffic. Less waiting in long lines at stop lights during rush-time. Heck it might even do away with "rush-time traffic" altogether.
With the advances in technology: Internet, WAN's, LAN's, Digital Phones, etc. Why wouldn't this be possible?
Of course it would require the company to perhaps furnish the materials and equipment for the employee, and that could cost quite a bit initially, but look at the long term investment. They could use smaller offices, costing alot less overhead. Insurance probably wouldn't be as high, as the risk of accidents would decrease. In the longrun, it would be cheaper I believe.
The companies would of course, have to have trusted individuals working for them. It would be very easy for someone to slack off, when they are at home. But there are ways of regulating even that with the current technologies we have. I mean, if they really wanted to get strict, they could install webcams on the PC's and have 1 person constantly watching all the rest, and monitoring their computer accesses.
I don't know. I know some companies have a few employees working from home. But I believe it should be a MUCH greater percentage. Of course, we'd have to get rid of the power hungry, control freak bosses, that MUST harrass each employee on a daily basis. And alot of people would have to drop their "still in high school" social standard of working in an overly social enviroment.
Maybe it could work.