In the UK, that is. While telecommuting is making great strides already, there are still plenty of companies out there who sneer at it and think it’s just a creative way of skiving off.
Ah, if they only knew how much happier it would make employees if they are allowed to work at home. A lot of people prefer it to making the trip to the office everyday and having to deal with annoying things that pop up in the office. It’s also been said that people who work at home tend to be more productive than in the office, although admittedly, they have to contend with distractions like TV and the urge to goof off and enjoy the glorious glorious day outdoors. But another fun benefit of working at home is how it helps reduce energy use and emissions.
I’ve been working at home for over a year now, a decision I consciously made because I really got sick of the office and spending 30 minutes to two hours on the way to work just didn’t seem right anymore. I’m not sure if I’ve reduced my footprint by a whole lot, but my work setup currently saves me a lot of money AND fuel, plus I don’t have the air conditioner running all day long either. Yay!