Working off-site, but on the payroll
An article in Sunday's New York Times looks at management strategies for off-site workers. According to the Times, "Telecommuting becomes more common every year: about 13 million corporate employees in the United States will telecommute more than eight hours a week in 2008, compared with 6 million in 2000." It seems that more and more companies are taking a results-oriented approach. At Best Buy, for example, employees work when and how they want, as long as they get the job done. In other words, corporate America is using a paradoxical strategy to hold onto workers for the long-term: it's offering an arrangement that looks a little more like freelancing.