Many people seem to think that jobs that can be done at home aren't real jobs. Never mind that home-office dwellers are their own cafeteria staff, shipping-and-receiving clerks and janitors. They never get credit for cutting an employer's costs, or saving commuting time to do more work. Instead, managers believe that if they aren't there to witness someone working, it can't be happening. They envision homebound workers getting away with something, like lounging in their bathrobes and watching "General Hospital."
It's as if they believe that the people working under their noses don't waste a tremendous amount of time talking about last night's college basketball game, making bids on eBay, or reading only like-minded blogs while on company time. The misconceptions are yet another indication that vacuous symbols of productivity, rather than productivity itself, are all that really count.
-- "Working at Home Isn't the Day at the Beach Office Mates Imagine," WSJ, Dec 20, 05
Although this column's largely about the difficulty at-home workers have with other people around the house (i.e. family members who seem not to understand that it's possible to work at home), the passage above rang very true.
And I just have to ask: so what if home workers are lounging around in their bathrobe? Does it really matter what someone wears so long as they're delivering on the job?