I’ve worked from home for over a decade now (on-and-off) and overall it’s served me – and the companies I’ve worked for – very well. Now of course I run my own company and have a home office.
It’s not for everybody, and it’s not suitable for every type of job or necessarily all the time. I do think it’d be good for more companies to consider options like part-time telecommuting as a first step. Doing this opens up their “skill pool” to include stay-at-home parents, which is a huge and awesomely skilled and motivated group of people.
I often refer to Dilbert for fabulous examples of how companies shouldn’t work, and note that people particularly identify with Dilbert because you can often see things going on at your own or another business that appears to come straight from there. Dilbert is brilliantly descriptive… or is it?
At this month’s Upstarta meeting in Brisbane, Peter Lock postulated that some real life Pointy-Haired-Bosses actually use Dilbert as a management handbook, which would of course explain why their department or company looks like it did.