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Old Jul 13th 2006, 4:05 pm
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"- One-quarter of the U.S. work force could be doing their jobs from home if all those able to telecommute chose to do so, according to a study on Wednesday which said many still elect to work at the office.

All those people working from home could translate into annual gasoline savings of $3.9 billion, according to the National Technology Readiness Survey.

The study found that 2 percent of U.S. workers telecommute full-time and another 9 percent do so part-time.

But another 14 percent of workers have the option of telecommuting, or have jobs conducive to the practice but choose not to, the study found...."

http://today.reuters.com/news/newsar...RK.xml&src=rss

So who here telecommutes, or has done in the past? And what do you think about it? would you do it if you could etc?
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Old Jul 13th 2006, 4:25 pm
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"- One-quarter of the U.S. work force could be doing their jobs from home if all those able to telecommute chose to do so, according to a study on Wednesday which said many still elect to work at the office.

All those people working from home could translate into annual gasoline savings of $3.9 billion, according to the National Technology Readiness Survey.

The study found that 2 percent of U.S. workers telecommute full-time and another 9 percent do so part-time.

But another 14 percent of workers have the option of telecommuting, or have jobs conducive to the practice but choose not to, the study found...."

http://today.reuters.com/news/newsar...RK.xml&src=rss

So who here telecommutes, or has done in the past? And what do you think about it? would you do it if you could etc?

I started telecommuting after I had the twins - did it for a dozen years before I moved to the US and still do to some extent.

No way would I ever go back to the office jungle...

But not everyone is cut out for it. Some people just pi$$ around on stupid web forums all day.

Or so I'm told.
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Old Jul 13th 2006, 4:52 pm
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I did it periodically in the UK... it allows me to concentrate for much longer periods on problems however distraction when it occurs is sometimes hard to recognise...

being in the office provides something of a guiding light.

i like working at home more than at work tho.

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I am 'working from home' today!! needless to say I'm gonna have to work till ten tonight to achieve anything.
So far I have been out to turn sprinkler on, been out to turn it off, checked the mail, had a cup of tea, made a sandwich, cleaned the kitchen, tidied my desk, done the shredding.. none of this is billable to my company, at least I havnt put the TV on yet.
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I am 'working from home' today!! needless to say I'm gonna have to work till ten tonight to achieve anything.
So far I have been out to turn sprinkler on, been out to turn it off, checked the mail, had a cup of tea, made a sandwich, cleaned the kitchen, tidied my desk, done the shredding.. none of this is billable to my company, at least I havnt put the TV on yet.
Lock the back door ............
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Lock the back door ............
VERY good, wish I had that kind of quick thinking today!
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Everyone in my office has remote access to work from home and it gets used whenever possible (without seriously taking the piss).

Generally there are two types of remote access at our place:

Working from home - You log into your work computer and it's just a normal work day but you are logged in remotely. Used in situations where people have deliveries coming, kids home sick...etc...

"Working from home" - is used when you are at home sick/pulling a sicky/can't be arsed to come into work.


Most people at our place have used both of these methods from time to time.

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Perhaps we don't because our employers do not want us to work from home. Sad ain't it.


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"- One-quarter of the U.S. work force could be doing their jobs from home if all those able to telecommute chose to do so, according to a study on Wednesday which said many still elect to work at the office.

All those people working from home could translate into annual gasoline savings of $3.9 billion, according to the National Technology Readiness Survey.

The study found that 2 percent of U.S. workers telecommute full-time and another 9 percent do so part-time.

But another 14 percent of workers have the option of telecommuting, or have jobs conducive to the practice but choose not to, the study found...."

http://today.reuters.com/news/newsar...RK.xml&src=rss

So who here telecommutes, or has done in the past? And what do you think about it? would you do it if you could etc?
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Old Jul 13th 2006, 10:31 pm
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Default Re: Few US workers who could telecommute do so: study

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Perhaps we don't because our employers do not want us to work from home. Sad ain't it.
I don't know...easier to keep track for billing perhaps?

I'm not sure how I feel about it, I'll have the option to do remote working myself apparently, but I think I need to be in an office to separate work time from home time or I'll just piss about all the time...probably
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Default Re: Few US workers who could telecommute do so: study

I telecommute from time to time; not always from home but from all kinds of places. I'm not really allowed to TC from home when I could be in the office - the boss likes to be able to see that we're there. It's nice to have the option, though.

And of course, "working from home" is a good excuse from time to time!

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I've worked from home for 7 years, first in the Uk and now in the USA

its great - no negative aspects to it at all.... (for me)
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Default Re: Few US workers who could telecommute do so: study

I can also work from home and it's a tremendous money and time-saver: cuts out about 1.5 hours of gasoline and commute time during which I'm getting nothing done on either the home or work fronts.

There are some issues for which it's nearly essential to be at work, and I have to maintain the social contacts which make working more pleasant. But there are other times when I know I'll get more done at home than I could at work, for various reasons.
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Default Re: Few US workers who could telecommute do so: study

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I can also work from home and it's a tremendous money and time-saver: cuts out about 1.5 hours of gasoline and commute time during which I'm getting nothing done on either the home or work fronts.

There are some issues for which it's nearly essential to be at work, and I have to maintain the social contacts which make working more pleasant. But there are other times when I know I'll get more done at home than I could at work, for various reasons.

I would kill to work from home. So would the mrs. I work in GIS and CAD so I could do everything my job requires from another state with a few adjustments
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Old Jul 23rd 2006, 11:52 pm
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Just found out that licenses for the software at work are registered in our individual names, so can use the same serial numbers to register the software at home, just ring up autodesk to re-authorise, so not bad going there to use the VPN, though I havent' figured that out yet....but anyway...apparently there's two or three people at work that work at home, only turn up to the office once or twice a week for meetings, because of trouble getting child care and the like...so it's nice to have that flexibility...

but saying that, they order in free dinners, till the current project is over with at least, been italian, chinese, and whatever else that's randomly chosen....and fridays is pizza evening, even if you don't eat any, your expected to just chill for an hour...all paid time, so why not
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Originally Posted by Chorlton
I would kill to work from home. So would the mrs. I work in GIS and CAD so I could do everything my job requires from another state with a few adjustments
I would kill to work from home on a regular basis without feeling guilted out.
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