Archive for May, 2006

I Bought the Law… (But the Law Won)

This article on Enron’s Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling made me very happy.

Skilling and Lay were found guilty by a jury of their peers. Okay well sort of… I mean it wasn’t a jury of gazillionaire white-collar crooks that convicted them. It was a jury of real people, with real lives just like the real people with real lives that were screwed by the obscene greediness of these guys.

Okay, but how do I really feel. :-).

Well the remarkable thing about this conviction is that it actually happened. These guys gave so much money to politicians that they should have been protected… but they weren’t. It could be argued that political contributions simply don’t buy favors and protection. It could also be argued that these guys’ crimes were so outrageous that the millions paid to keep them out of jail simply weren’t enough.

In any case, the conviction couldn’t have happened to a more deserving pair. I know, I know the appeals are just getting started. But let me enjoy the moment.

Report: Washington DC is Best City for Teleworking

A new report sponsored by Intel and the Sperling’s Best Places names Washington DC as the “Best City for Teleworking”.

The first thing I noticed about the report was the blatant advertising for Intel products. The next thing I noticed is that the cities highest on the list also ranked highest on the list of cities with the worst traffic. That is when I noticed that the study shows the cities with the most potential for teleworking and not necessarily the cities that ranked highest for people already doing it.

To determine what made a city good for teleworking, they used the standard “best places” type of criteria like climate and combined it with factors that make teleworking more desireable or possible like communications infrastructure, amount of telework friendly jobs (office workers) and as I pointed out – worst traffic.

So… workers, employees and governments of the listed cities – This is not a pat on the back for a job well done. This is a call to action. You have all the ingredients required to promote teleworking as a viable option. Get out there and make it happen.

Teleworking improves the environment, prevents wear and tear on the roads, provides flexibility and business continuity options for companies and represents a cash and time benefit for the employee. Everybody wins.

Home Office Security: Protecting Information

An article on Yahoo! today reported that the personal data of 26.5 million veterans was stolen when a telecommuter’s laptop was taken during a home burglary.

Information security is a big deal for government and for companies. They need to protect employee, customer, and vendor data and privacy as well as intellectual property and trade secrets.

Data security is a big reason why many companies refuse to embrace telecommuting as a viable work option. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.

You can have data security and a flexible work environment, but it takes planning, processes, rules, technology, education and enforcement.

In the coming months, we will be addressing this topic on a number of levels. Keep an eye out for articles on:

  • Network security
  • Physical security
  • Encryption
  • Writing data security policies.
  • Insurance for the home office or home business.

I want to hear your experiences with data security as a telecommuter – both good and bad. Leave a comment with your horror stories, questions, answers and suggestions.

Gas Prices are Crazy, Time to Telecommute

When I drove to work, I spent about $20 a week on gas. When I began telecommuting full time, I was able to save about $1000 a year on gas I didn’t have to buy. It was like a raise I gave to myself.

Of course that was before the price of a gallon of gas doubled and tripled. I often think about what I would have to give up if I were still driving so much and paying $2000-$3000 a year in gas.

Are you still driving to work everyday? What are you giving up to deal with the high costs of gas? What if you could get some of that money back by telecommuting one or two days a week?

Yahoo had a story on the topic today. At the end of the story there are some good questions to ask yourself if you are considering telecommuting and it gives some good strategies for getting your company to support you in your efforts.