In the midst of the Global Financial Crisis, an argument is being made to adopt a "work-at-home" policy for certain fields of business. The Employee saves on gas. The company saves on electricity & maintenance costs for the office. The argument makes sense.
At work you typically:
- Check your email
- Respond to your emails
- Work on your presentation (This may involve Research)
- Meet with your client
- Make a phone call to other departments of your office
- Have a short meeting with your boss
- Meet with your team to discuss a particularly difficult problem
Numbers 1-3 can now be done at home due to the fact that now almost all homes have computers & internet access. Numbers 4-7 are more particularly possible because of the advent of video conferencing and due to the fact that practically everyone has a mobile phone, which means that they can be reached anywhere, anytime.
The purpose of having an office is to provide us a place to do work & be contacted. Technology allows us to be contacted anywhere and thus a centralized place to do work is no longer necessary.