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‘What does that telecommuter do all day?’

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"Where are those slides for the Veblen proposal?" "I think they're on Martin's desk." Everything in your office seems to end up on Martin's desk, because Martin's never at his desk. He's been telecommuting for six months — but most of the time, you're not sure where he is.

You and your team of account reps spend much of your time in the field anyway, though most people typically check in at the office at least once a day. So when Martin asked to telecommute — or wherever it is he works from — you felt hard-pressed to say no. On paper, your enterprise supports telecommuting, but in practice, few people were interested in anything but short-term work-at-home stints.

Martin, however, has for a long time talked your team's ears off about how much damage commuting does to the planet and how, in the future, nobody will work in an office. But ever since he started telecommuting, his results have suffered — not a lot, but enough to ...(register to read more)

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