Work From Home

Richard Branson Just Won’t Shut Up About Telecommuting

"To force everybody to work in offices is old school thinking." Wouldn't want anyone calling you old.
Let's all work from SPACE! (Photo: Chatter-fest)

Let’s all work from SPACE! (Photo: Chatter-fest)

Just when we all thought the furor about whether Yahoos! can work from home might finally die down, Mayor Michael Bloomberg weighed in on the matter–siding with Ms. Mayer. During his weekly radio show, reports Capital New York, he noted that, “I’ve always said, telecommuting is one of the dumber ideas I’ve ever heard.”

Well, Sir Richard Branson, for one, could not believe his ears. Absolutely aghast at this latest turn of events, the gallivanting founder of Virgin Group employed his blog once again to preach the gospel of working remotely and/or butt into the business of other major moguls

I have enormous respect for Michael Bloomberg and have rarely disagreed with anything he has done or said. However, on this occasion I disagree completely. Many employees who work from home are extremely diligent, get their job done, and get to spend more time with their families. They waste less time commuting and get a better work/life balance.

“To force everybody to work in offices is old school thinking,” he added. Never mind that many Yahoo employees weren’t even bothering to log in via VPN, which even the worst work-at-home slacker knows is a necessity. Wouldn’t want to seem like an old fogey!

“In 30 years time, as technology moves forward even further, people are going to look back and wonder why offices ever existed,” added Sir Richard Branson. “Do you agree that offices will one day be a thing of the past?”

We eagerly await the day the workers of the world can all Skype in from their very own Caribbean islands. Too bad this utopia won’t arrive until after everyone’s Metrocards get even more expensive.

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