"...Workers...have given up on the freeway and now use the information superhighway to get to work. It's called Telecommuting and it's catching on". - Tom Brokaw, NBC Nightly News, March 22, 1994
Telecommuting certainly isn't a new concept; a quick Google search returned sites which suggested it really gained popularity in the 1980s as part of an environmental movement aimed towards reducing traffic and thus, pollution. I might suppose the practice really gained steam with the dawn of the "Welcome! You've got mail!" era, when personal computers were becoming more of a normality than luxury; Tom Brokaw was ahead of his time. And to think, the internet and technology have come so far in the last 15 years; we can hold global conference calls while looking at the person on our desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone as though he or she is sitting beside us. Factor in today's gas prices and I'm surprised we haven't all holed up at home. While some professions and positions probably lend themselves to telecommuting a bit better --I can't imagine a police officer working from home-- being an IT professional with Briteskies, it's ideal.