A recent article in NetworkWorld writes that AT&T's merger with SBC Communications is now possibly affecting its long-established telework program. The article states, "AT&T, a company that once was poster child for telecommuting, is downsizing its long-running telework program and requiring thousands of employees who work from their homes and other virtual offices to return to traditional AT&T office environments, according to sources."
If the downsizing occurs, it is going against recent telework trends. Kristina Cowan, a blogger at Payscale.com, recently commented on work life increasingly happening outside of the cubicle. She includes tips on learning how to adapt to telework and shares some sources such as The Wall Street Journal's "Good News for Professionals Who Want to Work at Home," which further reveal increasing positives for telework. Cowan also cites Mark Penn's new book, Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes, which acknowledges the increasing popularity for telework. According to Penn, 4.2 millon Americans work from home, up 23 percent from 1990, and almost 100 percent since 1980.
Decreased emissions and a happier, more productive workforce are among many other positives. Sounds good to me. I think that with increasing technology and recognition of its bottom-line effects on business, telework numbers will continue to increase. What are your thoughts?