I would say that in some cases top performers will work even more efficiently than they do on location. I visit my home base for about 1 week per quarter where I get practically nothing done due to the noise and distractions in the cube farm that is the corporate office. I spend the remainder of my time in a nice room with a door -- no cube walls for anyone to lean against and blabber about the latest episode of "The Family Guy."
The only problem is that I tend to end up at the other extreme where I have no face-to-face interaction with other developers who are passionate about their profession. I think that is where Truman's Jelly Coworking Group will come in handy once I finally get all settled into my new surroundings!
John: I think that's a good concept. It might be easier to implement if you simply offered a tax credit per employee that works from home. And at that point, why not extend it to any employee.True. I like this approach.
Stephen McMahon: I would say that in some cases top performers will work even more efficiently than they do on location.I absolutely agree. Large noisy offices drastically reduce the productivity of many (most?) people that have jobs requiring a modicum of concentration. Another productivity killer is the vast majority of managers that hold frequent, unnecessarily long and pointless meetings.
Laurence A. Lee: But as Stephen pointed out (and I wholeheartedly agree), you lose out on face time with colleagues and upper management. ...(clip)... Isolation and "Cabin Fever" aren't fun to deal with at all.I hear you re: cabin fever and the dangers of becoming disconnected. I used to live out in Kapolei, which at the time was really the boonies. I got tired of driving 40 minutes into town and ended up taking a long term remote Swing contract for a publishing company on the mainland. Although the money was good and the work was interesting, I started to suffer from a lack of contact with others after a few months. I became acutely aware of the fact that I am a social creature. Being an outsider also worked against me when company politics came into play. I think the ideal situation is probably a blend of both on location work and telecommuting. In the scenario I described, the folks out west could still slog in to town on Fridays.
Hey, whoa, let's not start any flame wars about Family Guy...
Maybe there are some of us that can sling code *and* talk about Peter Griffin's latest misadventures, at the same time..? ;-)