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  • Less distracted by office commotion but more distracted by FB!!

    Possibly this may work for an older generation of worker given a computer to do work at home, but a younger set Generation Y or Millennial [ages 18 to 28] may have difficulty separating their Work lives from the Social Networking craze of FB and Twitter.

    Defiantly true, though, about the saving on transportation. Also will save on office space!

    But as an employee see how easy it is to work in this “tele-commuting” environment, employers will soon find more people willing to forego formal employment and set up their own home office and do work at home. In that distant future, five years from now when the Islandwide Fiber Optic Network being built by the LIME and FLOW.

    The project is GOJ funded by the UAFCL (Universal Access Fund Company Limited) which are taxes collected from the Telecom Providers and will make 100MBps Fiber optic backhaul connectivity available to 300 schools – and their surrounding communities. Kudos to Senator Daryl Vaz, Minister of Information:

    Coupled with the decreasing costs of internet access and falling PC prices due to Americans ditching Laptops and PC for tablets, “tele-commuting” may not only be Jamaica inevitable future, but also may end up competing with traditional Brick-and-mortar businesses in wooing graduates to work for them.

    This as fellow entrepreneurial-minded graduates may create their own start-ups that will attract fellow graduates to work in an environment that is not as rigid as the traditional Brick-and-mortar businesses, yet giving them a taste of being in charge of a company and having decision making abilities.

    Eventually, the brick-and-mortar companies may be forced to go that route if they wish to even attract workers in the future.

    As soon as the young upstarts of the start-up in this future Jamaican workplace can keep Social Networking out of their work lives!!!

    Looks like I may have to write a blog post or article on this!!!

  • I love article, it is a passion of mine that has just been rekindled in a serious way. I am going to be proactively communicating with my clients this is the way I work.

    On the Marco scale i think our Caribbean community should really push this to its limit. Because we live in small societies we have the thinking that. We are small so we can meet physically. It might be less than a 1 hr 1/2 commute in a larger city, but the 15 – 30 mins between various meetings add up. Also all the vehicles in our countries make us buy more oil which doesn’t help our economy.

    I think we might want to use or size to solve the transportation problem once and for all and use the bare minimum as it relates to oil. We can reduce or imports and blah blah blah. Let me stop there, I might have to write a blog post of my own 🙂

    Thanks for this Michele