In a nutshell: Half of us could work remotely if we wanted. Far less do. Why?
The answer might have more to do with psychology than economics. Even if we’re technically more productive at home, we feel more conspicuously productive at work. You might think a recession would lead to more telecommuting since it reduces overhead and increases work hours. Instead, telework among the formally employed has slowed in the last three years. Ted Schadler, a telecommuting expert who is vice president and chief analyst at Forrester Research, suggests the answer might be psychological.
“Some bosses think if they can’t see you working, you’re not working,” he says. “If you’re worried about losing your job, you’re going to come into the office every chance you get.”
Psychology is sticky, messy, nonlinear, counter-expectation and counter-intuition