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Early in this thread, someone mentioned the idea that telecommuting was
perhaps discredited for its association with the dot-coms. The cover article
on of this week's Newsweek< "How Safe is Your Job?" supports this idea. The
whole article is available at http://www.msnbc.com/news/522699.asp#BODY
I've quoted the paragraph relevant to telecommuting. I think that "rampant"
is an very interesting word choice..
"The layoffs are also a wake-up call to workers who've grown a bit too comfy
with the notion that every employer is dying to hire them. "One college
student actually put his feet up on the desk during an interview," says
William T. Wilson, senior economist at Ernst&Young. Students at the
University of Michigan business school already sense "a more sobering
landscape," says Al Cotrone, who oversees M.B.A. placement. Even a slight
decline in demand for workers will mean a new equilibrium of less lavish pay
packages. But it may bring other shifts, too. "There's worry now we're going
to return to the dark old days where it's an employers' ball game, where the
quality of life is diminished," says Oldman of Vault.com. If those fears
prove valid, say goodbye to perks like free latte, casual dress,
bring-your-iguana-to-work and rampant telecommuting."
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