A 2005 survey by Mercer Human Resources Consulting found that U.S. companies offering telecommuting options rose from 32 percent in 2001 to 44 percent in 2005. This momentum is attributed by the author to natural-disaster preparedness in the post-9/11 era. Email, teleconferences and instant messages are seen as “the modern day equivalent of a tap on the shoulder,” making telecommuters feel connected to the workplace. The author of this article sees little distinction between isolated cubicle workers increasingly using non-face-to-face communication inside the traditional workplace and telecommuters using high-speed Internet outside of it.

Source: Brad Foss, Seattle Times; Apr 9, 2006

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