Cloud commuting (telecommuting with the help of cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox and VPNs) has grown in popularity recently. Telecommuting, up nearly 80% since 2005, is projected to grow another 60% in the next 5 years. 30 million Americans already work from home at least one day a week – and 79% say they would work from home part-time if their companies allowed it.
It’s clear that Americans are working from home more, and even more are open to the idea. Proponents of telecommuting say that it’s better for workers, better for companies and better for the environment. But is cloud commuting really all it’s cracked up to be? Maybe not, according to some.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer made the news in early 2013 when she put a stop to the company’s liberal work-from-home policy. Best Buy quickly followed suit. And recent research suggests that telecommuting may not be as beneficial to workers as we once thought.
So is telecommuting good or bad for the American workforce? Let’s take a look. Continue reading “Is Cloud Commuting All It’s Cracked Up To Be?” »