What are the disadvantages of making telecommuting mandatory?
Telecommuting is a great option for the right job, the right person, and
the right manager - but if it's forced on everyone, some (by definition)
just won't do well and in the long run I think the company will pay the
Some people argue that this is no different than when a company decides to
relocate its offices or transfer an individual employee. The employees
affected have a choice to make: make the move or go elsewhere.
There are two reasons why I think this comparison breaks down, however:
first, we know that more and more employees are rejecting relocation
requests, and getting away with it. Second, when a company relocates its
offices, the employees might dislike it but at least they are still working
in a traditional office setting. But if the relocation is to the
employee's home, that's an alternative that most employees wouldn't
consider to be within the range of a normal employer decision.
All this may change over time, but for now I think it's generally a bad
idea to make telecommuting a requirement. Not only will the employees have
problems with it , but the managers aren't all likely to do well with it