Despite all this back and forth, the truth is telecommuting works great for some companies and some people, but not all. So if you’ve decided remote work is a possibility for your business, how can you sort folks that will thrive at a distance from those who need the structure and routine of an office environment?
"I would find somebody who has a passion for what my company’s doing,” she said. “If they've worked at IBM all their life and then they’re switching to a small telecommuting startup, you need to be pretty sure that they understand what that transition’s going to mean. I look for fit, and for me, that does boil down a lot to passion for the company."
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JESSICA STILLMAN is a freelance writer based in London with interests in unconventional career paths, generational differences, and the future of work. She has blogged for CBS MoneyWatch, GigaOM, and Brazen Careerist. @EntryLevelRebel