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  • 1.  Telecommuting Article : What's your perspective?

    Posted 10-09-2020 12:31 PM
    Article published in The Verge today:

    Microsoft is letting employees work from home permanently

    Share your thoughts on this article and the future of telecommuting.  Will this be the way of the future or will benefits of shared office space prevail?

    Susan Brain AIA
    Perkins & Will
    Chicago, IL

  • 2.  RE: Telecommuting Article : What's your perspective?

    Posted 10-12-2020 08:39 PM

    Thank you for posting the link to the article. For some, this may indeed reshape how they view the workforce but I don't feel it will be a long term shift across a broad spectrum. On the business side, there are tax consequences on both the corporate and individual level alone that may be enough to encourage a more present workforce. If a company secures tax breaks for building in an under-served area but most of their employees are remote, does the program make sense?
    On a more personal front, I've been working from home since April. On a technical level, I have everything I need to do the job and service our clients but there's something missing. I've always been a bit of a firefighter and love to interact with other teams to help solve challenges and seek out opportunities to push a bit further than the last project. That just doesn't happen as organically on a Zoom call as it does walking through the Studio. The happy accidents don't occur.
    As much as I wished upon that monkey's paw for the end of a soul-crushing commute, I now consider myself a reformed believer in the Workplace. We are social creatures that benefit from physical interaction. Sure, good things can happen when we can use technology to bring us together virtually but it's a whole lot easier to move a boulder when someone is at your side.

    John Dollus, CDT, CSI (and also a CMSS alum :) 

    Dallas, TX

    john dollus
    visualization coordinator
    staffelbach design associates
    dallas TX