You are scheduled for an early morning conference, and you hear the email notification sound as you are just hopping out of bed. Because of the technological advancements, we are always connected to work, whether we like it or not. The difference is that when it comes to being a telecommuter, that same craziness can be a blessing in disguise.
The big push towards more people working from home would have never been possible if it weren’t for the advances in the technological world. Prior to the explosion of the Web, people who telecommuted had to rely on landlines for communication, delivery services and fax machines if they needed to share information.
There is no question that the Internet has made telecommunications even more practical than ever before. Personal computers are a staple of life now. Most companies permit employees whose majority of duties revolve around computer use to telecommute. The most basic form of technology used for telecommunication are computers; desktops or laptops.
Keep in mind a computer alone is of little use to a telecommuter. It is solely used as a means for communication with other computers. This can be done effectively via email and other Internet software programs. Often times, companies choose to directly connect an individual’s home computer directly into their network over a secure server. With all of this in place, people are able to perform their designated duties as if they are in the office and are also able to tend to things on the home front. One might think that with the younger generation being so technologically savvy, they would rank highest in the level of telecommuters, but surprisingly, the average age is between 30-45 years old. These are people who have established themselves at their place of employment.
Shaygan Kheradpir is no stranger to technology. With a team of 7,000, he was a major player in the evolution and subsequent deployment of Verizon’s FiOS. Additionally, he is accredited in the development of Pingit, which is software for mobile payments during his tenure at Barclays.
The question we need to contemplate is whether our homes will become the new offices of the future. With such high demand for success in the business world without negatively impacting the quality of family life, it appears that telecommuting might is the best route. Although some major players in the corporate world think differently, it seems the benefits are far outweighing any negatives.