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Drew Clark from BroadbandCensus.com, one of the leaders in the quest for public and transparent broadband maps, asked me to cover the first ever White House Conference on Workplace Flexibility last week. “Cool,” I said, “but I live in San Diego.” “No problem,” he offered, “it’s being broadcast live over the web.” So I actually […]

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How Many People Actually Telecommute?

Posted by on 21 February 2010 12

Inga hit my hot button with her recent post “What’s in a Name“. Depending on whom you ask, the number of U.S. telecommuters ranges from between 2.8 million people (consider home their primary place of work, not including the self-employed) and 44.4 million (includes anyone works at home at least once a year). The counting problem isn’t […]

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Workshifting Toward Economic Recovery

Posted by on 19 January 2010 0

Business Week did a fascinating story about the effect of the real estate market on unemployment and economic recovery. Twenty-three percent of all mortgagees owe more than their house is worth. In Nevada, a whopping 65% of property owners are upside-down with their mortgage. According to the article, that together with a depressed housing market, the […]

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Is Workshifting the Demise of Society?

Posted by on 24 December 2009 2

Does workshifting spell the demise of society as we know it? Are virtual companies an invitation to sweatshops and child labor violations? Will the rise in outsourcing, freelancing, and cloud labor lead to dirty bombs and political repression? Will the pay-per-click mentality become the basis for all human interaction? No, I haven’t been drinking the […]

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Are Good Webinars Missing in Action?

Posted by on 11 November 2009 6

Imagine switching on your HDTV eager to watch a show at 9. There you are, popcorn in hand, only to find a blank screen. Then a voice comes on and says they’re waiting for a few more people to tune in, “please stand by.” Meanwhile, they offer a static page with the name of the […]

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Turning Off

Posted by on 21 October 2009 4

The nice thing about being a workshifter is you only have to work half days–the question is, which 12 hours. It’s odd that so many employers worry about their remote employees goofing off, instead of just focusing on results, when, in fact, everyone I talk to has opposite problem–overworking and turning it off at the […]

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A Lesson from VIPdesk on Workshifting

Posted by on 30 September 2009 2

The call center industry pioneered the all-virtual business model more than a decade ago. As a result, thousands of people now work from home taking pizza orders, sending flowers, booking flights, and answering informercial calls from insomniacs. Now think about that. Here’s an industry that relies on fairly low wage workers to: work untethered, provide […]

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The Science of Motivation

Posted by on 16 September 2009 5

I’m a big fan of Dan Pink.  First, it’s hard not to like a guy who describes his former role as chief speechwriter for then-Veep, Al Gore, as his last real job; who describes his contribution to Yale Law School as being in the part of the class that made the upper ninety percentile possible; […]

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