May 31, 2008

DIGITAL NOMADS: High gas prices promote telecommuting. “One thing leads to another. High gas prices prompt employers (including the federal government) to allow employees to work from home once a week. Once that’s accepted culturally, an elephant appears in the boardroom: If it’s OK once a week, why isn’t it OK five times a week? (This is what happened with ‘casual Friday’ — its once-a-week acceptance lead to the current trend of casual wear every day.) Once telecommuting is accepted, ‘extreme telecommuting’ — working from the Bahamas or Paris or an internet-connected shack on the Australian Outback — becomes acceptable, too. After all, once you’re out of the office and connecting to the company over the Internet, it doesn’t really matter where you are, does it?”

All is proceeding exactly as I have foreseen. Related thoughts here.