Many corporations and management are still stuck with an industrial-age mentality in an information-age. They spend millions on technology that enables employees to work from anywhere, yet few of them take advantage of the savings it offers. Some jobs are better done in person, but many more are suitable for telecommuting. And it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing scenario, allow it a day or two per week or month. You’ve already spent money on laptops and cell phones, utilize them in a way that offsets other expenses.
The managers who worry their employees will be unproductive must understand that time can be wasted anywhere, and regardless of where an employee is located, non productivity will become obvious and you deal with it like you would in any other situation.
Companies still running their businesses like an early 20th century assembly plant, have missed the opportunities the information age and its technology offers. How sad!