Telecommuting from a Flexiplace

Fans and foes take second looks at work-at-home programs

Ah. The electronic cottage. Just four years ago, Alvin Toffler in The Third Wave described a halcyon future when people would work at home connected to the office by inexpensive computers. No more commuting. No more expensive office buildings. Higher productivity since employees would not be constantly interrupted as they are at the office. Wrote Toffler: "Our entire economy would be altered almost beyond our recognition."

Now that idealized world to come is undergoing heated revision as more and more people use their homes as places for computerized work. In experimental projects across the...

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