I love telecommuting and recommend that everyone give it a shot. The flexible schedule, the lack of a commute, the extra time and ability to work at home, it's wonderful.
But I also warn people that it's not for everyone. It's not a party and the problem I've seen is that I don't always know when to turn things off. I'll admit that it was nice that I didn't have to drive to work on Monday and Tuesday last week when we had issues, but it also wasn't so much fun for my wife and kids while they were waiting on me to fix something.
It's also a little strange when my wife and I are both busy, like we were a few weeks ago, and on Saturday night around 8, we were both working on our computers. On work.
So this article defending telework was interesting and it does bring up the security aspects of people working remotely or part time. After a laptop was stolen, some people blamed telework for the problem. That wasn't the problem, but it's a valid concern. Most people that telework will be moving data across the wire or on a laptop and it needs to be protected.
Telecommuting doesn't have any fundamental issues. It works in some places and not in others. As a DBA, most of the work I've done with SQL Server has almost always been remote. I rarely access a console and almost never physically sit in front of a server to do work. It's just rare I do it with Terminal Services and the remote nature of SQL Server itself. To me this makes it a perfect telecommuting job.
But most of my managers would disagree. They see me as the data guardian, which means I should be there physically to comfort them and work through issues, usually involving people that can't get the data they want or expect on some report. Or the server's slow and my boss needs a cube to stand in front of.
I've been tempted to work for one of the remote DBA firms, but usually dismissed that because I'd likely be stuck in their office working on some other company's server instead of in my PJs in MY office.
It seems that telecommuting was popular for a time, but then it faded a bit. Now with all the data thefts and security issues, I wouldn't be surprised to see it become less likely for more and more companies. I think that's a mistake and companies need to plan for telework, manage it appropriately, and use it to get more done by their employees.
If you want to give it a try, read the article and check out the links for formulating a telework strategy. Write a proposal and see if you can get a trial going. And let us know if you do.
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