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Working at Home on the Rise

Uploaded by jimih4evr on Oct 31, 2011

The popularity and practicality of people living in and/or commuting to large cities in the 21st century is expected to yield to an increased number of home offices. Feasibility, advantages and disadvantages, for the economy, the environment, quality of life, worker productivity, and social aspects are discussed. An AT&T case analysis is included.

Information technologies (such as PCs, multiple phone lines, fax machines, internet emails, office network systems, and videoconferencing) are making it possible for an ever increasing number of people to work from their homes. In 1998, the number of home offices was approximately 60 million, and it is predicted that by the year 2020, more than half of all workers in advanced information era societies will work, either out of their homes, or in decentralized corporate offices, i.e., out of the city (The Futurist, p53).
Our society is becoming more and more information-based with every passing year. No longer an industrial-based nation, people do not have to go to the manufacturing plant, for instance, in order to perform their jobs. If they have the necessary technological equipment, many people can now perform most, or even all, of their job responsibilities from the comfort of their own homes.

Personal Advantages
There are many advantages to working “in the comfort of one’s own home,” but, as with everything, there are trade-offs. One personal advantage comes via more flexibility in filing one’s income tax return. Working out of the home makes it possible to deduct various expenses that would otherwise not be deductible. Another tangible personal advantage involves forestalling the wear and tear of one’s automobile, i.e., less mileage truly translates into less upkeep and repair costs. Also, commuting into one’s spare-bedroom-office saves on the daily cost of gasoline typically needed to get oneself “downtown” (or wherever) to the office.
Other personal advantages include setting one’s own schedule (to the varying degrees that this is possible); not having to deal with commuter traffic twice a day (actually being able to sleep-in during the typical commute time); being at home to let repair persons in or sign for packages; and being able to take a twenty break and go pick the kids up from school, instead of going to grab a cup of coffee with...

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Uploaded by:   jimih4evr

Date:   10/31/2011

Category:   Business

Length:   11 pages (2,534 words)

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