Some employers are very resistant to the idea of allowing their employees to telecommute.  This quote comes from a white paper on teleworking called Worldwide Workplace: The Web Commuting Imperative, which is a fascinating study on the evolving trend to what they call the location independent workplace.  It gave me a good chuckle.

When I led the Telework Task Force at the Greater Washington Board of Trade, I spoke with someone with the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  And he says, “I don’t like that telework stuff.”  And I said, “Do you ever work from home?”  He said, “Almost every day.”  I said, “And you don’t call that telework?”  He says, “No, I call that working from home.”  –Chuck Wilsker, CEO and President of  Telework Coalition.

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One Response to “Not everyone understands what telework means”

  1. Bowman Olds says:

    The comment “not everyone understands what telework means” remimded me of a similar dialog when I do vulnerability assessments. I would ask folks “Can you telework” and the immediate response with a north-south nod was “Why of course, I can read my email.” When I followed that up with “Can you put in a productive 8-hr day at home or anywhere else like you can at the office?” there would be a pregnant pause, and then a sheepish east-west nod with a soft-spoken reply of “no I can’t.” I rest my case.

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