As enterprises became increasingly wired in the 1990s and as manufacturers began rolling out more powerful connected mobile tools such as laptops, smart phones and more recently tablets, remote working has morphed from a necessity for so-called road warriors to a nice-to-have option to lure young workers and keep existing one who are struggling to juggle work and family commitments.
Companies such as Google, where Mayer originally came from, and Cisco have made a name for themselves developing Web-based tools for collaboration and videoconferencing systems. At the same time, the likes of Facebook and Google continue to spend millions of dollars in designing offices that offer free gourmet meals and other amenities such as massages, yoga sessions, rock climbing walls and game rooms to encourage workers to spend longer hours in the office.
Facebook and Google said they allow employees to work from home and trust theirs and their managers’ judgment on the issue. Both companies provide workers spaces with couches and kitchen equipment where employees can chat and hold impromptu meetings.
When asked how many telecommuters Google had, Patrick Pichette, chief financial officer at Google, told reported: “As few as possible.”
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