A: There's a clear trend toward integrating work and home life as home businesses ramp up
The reasons driving working out of the home/telecommuting trend are diverse:
Many now work out of home offices integrated with their home life. Working from home has the advantage of eliminating commutes and staying close to family. In real estate terms, the presence of a “den/study” can add between 5 and 10% to the selling price of the house.
Family Dynamic Adjustments
The shift toward blending work and home is more of a psychological thing than it is making the home office space blend with the rest of the house. Working from home full-time requires family dynamic adjustments of who does what, where, when and how.
Quickly Connecting Problem Solvers with Problems
The true structure any organization is not what is written down on an organizational chart, but what actually occurs as people connect through roles, influence and decision-making processes.
The challenge is to mine the tacit knowledge (in the heads of people where true knowledge resides) through providing an access method. The idea behind collaboration is that sharing knowledge leads to the co-creation of new actionable knowledge that leads solution development.
Understanding and facilitating business relationships, which flow through a web of professional networks and across functional boundaries and time zones, allows employees to create productive change. A company’s ability to structure and control the process of securing productive relationships, face-to-face or via home-based telecommuting, will determine its success in the marketplace.
In today's "global network society" (versus your father's "local box society" where most people went to work in an office or factory box everyday), you can conduct business wherever there is a telephone, wireless or cable connection.