I've got eight concurrent C++ processes brute forcing his face right now.
That sounds disgusting.
> It's also not a win/win, and here's why: > 1) Most people are not most productive at home. In fact, most people are significantly less productive at home due to many more distractions around them.
There are many distractions at the office too. Loud co-workers chatting on the phone, etc.
> 2) Commuting (at least relatively short commutes) has been shown to be a good way of clearing your brain, and getting it into or out of work mode. It doesn't really hurt productivity unless you're doing it for hours.
Commuting has been shown to increase stress levels.
> 3) Skype does not make communication with coworkers a snap. It imparts a major cognitive overhead.
Well most companies give their workers a telephone at their desk, and Skype is no different than that. Actually, Skype is better than that because you can see the other person and their facial expressions.
> 4) Communication does not just come down to a few meetings a week that could (with more effort) be done via Skype. By working at home you remove any chance of corridor conversations, which typically, are by far the most productive communication in an office.
It probably evens out. There are probably as many useless corridor conversations that waste your time, as there are useful ones.
Do you suffer painful illumination? -- Isaac Newton, "Optics"