(From TheStar.com) Telecommuting is an old idea which still has not
gained traction because the need for human contact, sometimes
intimately, is simply too strong to be severed.
WHEN we talk about innovation to improve our daily lives, many of
the technologies, techniques and thinking revolve around the office
and any building deemed as the workplace.
The office is a legacy of the 19th century, still strong in the
21st century with no indication that it is ever diminishing.
The office is also a legacy which is deeply aligned to the way we
interact and develop social and technical skills.
That is why when we think of work, we inevitably think of the
office, which may be a brilliantly lit edifice filled with creative
people, mingling and exchanging ideas to create super products and
Or, it could be filled with people who do nothing but paperwork,
answer calls, make marketing or investment pitches to unwary
customers, or respond to customer complaints and grievances.