The Gasoline Tanker That Crashed And Burst Into Flames Near The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge April 29 Did More Than Melt And Collapse A Stretch Of The Highway Overpass. It Enlivened The Debate About Whether All In-House Workers Should Be Offered Telecommuting Alternatives.

The gasoline tanker crash that collapsed an overpass and created a months- long traffic nightmare has put telecommuting back in the spotlight. This article bemoans the fact that widespread corporate acceptance has not yet arrived, quoting a Korn/Ferry International survey showing 61% of executives surveyed see career stagnancy among teleworkers. Confirming this fear, a separate study released in August of last year by Office Team, a division of Robert Half International, showed 43% of respondents saying that telecommutng is best suited to staff employees, not executives or managers.

In 2005 the U.S. Census Bureau found that Americans spend on average more than 100 hours each year commuting to work – the equivalent of a two week vacation. The author believes this situation cries out for telecommuting alternatives.

Source: Deborah Perelman, eWeek (New York); May 1, 2007

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