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Attacks Prompt More to Work From Home

Techstination feature for Tuesday, October 9, 2001

Following the terrorist attacks, more people are working from home. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. In New York City, the destruction of the World Trade Center left companies scrambling for office space and has made commuting more difficult than ever. And all over the country, the terrorist attacks have prompted corporations to re-think their business locations and whether they want all of their employees in a single place. Gil Gordon, who has been in the telecommuting and virtual office consulting business for nearly twenty years says even before the attacks... more and more employees had been working from home... officially and unofficially.

"It's almost as if telecommuting is a foregone conclusion. There are so many cases today where employers, not only in New York but elsewhere, have begun to use telecommuting on a fairly widespread basis and the technology allows people to work more remotely. What I'm seeing now is more than a ... how do we do it? The questions now are how do we begin integrating this into our longer term planning?"

Home PCs and high speed Internet access that can tie into office networks are enabling increasing numbers of people to telecommute. And Gordon says the numbers would be significantly higher if telephone and cable companies made high speed access universally available...

"The supply doesn't anywhere near meet the demand. And it's been a great source of frustration for employers looking at telecommuting opportunities."

More than ever, says Gordon, it's the right idea at the right time. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.