How does your day start? Assuming you still have a job, is your commute 30, 60 or even 90 minutes of hell? Is it an unreliable bus that you take to work, or an overcrowded train? If you drive, do you wish you had cycled? If you cycle, do you wish you had walked? If you walk, do you wish your shoes were dogshit-proof? Do you arrive stressed, exhausted, ripped off, degraded, suicidal, homicidal or all of the above?
And what about the next eight hours? Do you get a headache because of the lighting, or an earache because of the telephones? Is it the decor that makes you feel queasy, or the chit-chat when you’re trying to concentrate? Do you go home regretting how little you have achieved or cursing how soon you will have to return? Work stinks, doesn’t it? Or, at least, going to the office. The good news is, it doesn’t have to. Millions of us are doing jobs that could be carried out just as well at home.
“I can’t help feeling that our descendants will look back at us and think, ‘What on earth were they thinking of?’ ” says Shirley Borrett, who works and lives in a motor home.
Borrett is development director for the Telework Association, which promotes working from home, especially if that involves a computer and a telephone, and splits her time between Britain and Spain. Whether you call this teleworking, telecommuting or home working, it’s a growing market. Banks, call centres, councils, management consultancies, software companies, law firms, PR agencies: all are increasingly allowing their staff to do it at least part-time. BT, the pioneer in Britain in the 1980s, now has 65,000 flexible workers, of whom 10,000 do not come in to the office.
Read more on the Guardian.
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