Random Inkings

February 5, 2008

Doh! I wish I’d thought of that.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Little Miss @ 6:34 pm

My local news station just reported on something a local company is doing to alleviate traffic. The spokeswoman for this company called the idea “provocative”. It’s an idea intended to foster good employee morale, family-work life balance, reduce local highway congestion, and keep work productivity up at acceptable levels.

What is this great idea? It’s called telecommuting, or in the case of this one company, flexible work scheduling.

Why do news stations think this is news? First, Microsoft has been doing it for years. Second, I’ve been touting this as what companies should be doing for years. Imagine the green sense it makes. Fewer cars on the road. Less overhead for employers (think: utilities, desk space, parking). Less money spent on car insurance and gasoline. Lowered risk for automobile accidents.

Not to mention the benefit to the employee. You get to stay home and work from home, come in after traffic clears up, or whatever flexible solution works for you, as long as the work gets done.

I sure wish I could do that. Oh, right. I already am.

(P.S. – If it seems I’m full of snark tonight, I am. I’m just not feeling well, and kinda cranky. Some of this is explained in my Attitude is Everything blog post tonight.)

 

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3 Comments »

  1. Sorry you’re not feeling well. I’m in the same mindset, so reading your posts is great– we’re on the same grouchy wavelength tonight!

    Did you know that studies show that people who work at home are actually more productive than those who commute?

    Comment by moonbeammcqueen — February 5, 2008 @ 9:07 pm | Reply

  2. Telecommuting really is old news. I think I was first working out of my house in 1998 or 1999, for a newspaper trying to cut costs.
    I hope you’re feeling better tomorrow.

    Comment by Wendy — February 5, 2008 @ 9:35 pm | Reply

  3. i am learning to hate the news. they spend more time hyping the upcoming stories than they spend actually reporting the news. when they finally get around to telling the story, it is so superficial…and frequently inaccurate.

    Comment by mermaids — February 6, 2008 @ 8:44 am | Reply


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