I'm near Seattle in the moment, and TFA cites a presentation in Portland in June. I may just have to go down.
Japanese robots designed for heavy lifting and data collection have been prepared for deployment at irradiated reactor buildings of the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power station, where U.S.-made robots have already taken radiation and temperature readings as well as visual images at the crippled facility via remote control.
I'd love to work at home but then how would I communicate with my co-workers?
First of all, well put.
That having been said, many don't have a fax #, don't leave a tab open to Twitter, don't keep Skype running, don't have a blog, rarely check LinkedIn due to steady job and deadlines, don't quite recall what jabber is. Personally, I monitor my work email (ActiveSync + Android TouchDown) like a hawk, and phone / SMS make their noises well enough, but everything else can wait until I get around to it.
Besides which, I guarantee* you can talk faster than you can type, and for a larger thread there's never a need to click "get latest mail" rapid-fire for 5 minutes to make sure you keep the conversation from branching. Being "on location" offers the same benefits as visiting a good friend versus just calling or emailing them -- clearer communication, better teamwork, more sharing of miscellaneous knowledge and ideas. I prefer to work from home occasionally, but mostly when I'm in the middle of a lengthy task and want to avoid interruptions, and can more or less skip my meetings for the day.
And let's face it. If you're valuable enough to your boss, if you over-deliver / deliver early / solve your boss' problems reliably enough, strongly contribute at meetings when dialed in, and never* ever* slip up due to being off-site, then it will be in your boss' best interests to let you work from home whenever you please. Those who excel, usually get more.
* Yeah yeah, I know. Work with me here.
April First Post! There, now i never have to do this again.
You make a very convincing argument, and your self-fulfillment has enabled others to follow in your footsteps. And for this, I thank you.
What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expect generally happens. -- Bengamin Disraeli