It’s amazing how outdated attitudes resist all evidence and reason. Or as a manager of mine said after we had set up full VPN access to the full suite of business application, ‘Never underestimate the forces of reaction.’
For workers who can operate independently, telecommuting makes sense. It saves huge sums in terms of fuel prices and commuting time. Yet many managers cling to the notion that an employee who is not in the office is not working making it difficult to be judged on the quality of work rather than the quantity of office time.
The trouble is that senior managers live in rarified air; or inhabit and area ‘above the cloud line’ as another exec put it. Like the gods of Mt Olympus they are inured to the fates of mere mortals and have no interest in sparing employees the wear and tear of travel.