The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Virtual offices, real workers

Telecommuting brings workplace changes home

Laptop computers, modems, faxes and cell phones--not cars--are the vehicles telecommuters rely on to get to work in their virtual offices. Taken from "virtual reality," the term conveys the idea that an office can be just about anywhere. The workplace is no longer always a place.

The new technology has created the possibility of freeing many workers and employers from geographical boundaries. It can lead to a better quality working life.

"People have a hard time squeezing everything into their days," says Gil Gordon, a corporate consultant in Monmouth Junction, N.J. "Workplace options give us a chance to blend work and non-work parts of our lives."

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