ESL SKILLS REVIEW
ESL SKILLS REVIEW LING 1
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Date Created: 10/22/15
For Workers It s Face Time Over PC Time By Tom Zeller Jr New York Times December 25 2005 In the early hours last Tuesday before most New Yorkers woke to learn that a transit strike had halted their subway and bus service Judy Breck was at her computer getting ready to work N Sitting in my home studio on the Upper East Side of Manhattan I am remembering the last New York City transit strike 25 years ago Ms Breck the author of several books on the digital age wrote at the Web log SmartMobscom For 11 days in the morning I had to make my way the seven miles downtown to Wall Street where Iworked for a few hours before making my way the seven miles back home A Ms Breck then a secretary at a law firm had few options Working at home was limited mainly to invalids and wealthy executives she wrote P Now with mobile digital connectivity she elaborated later in an email message you have an office wherever you are In theory this is true For millions of New Yorkers and millions more Americansibusiness executives and managers analysts researchers consultants and an unidentifiable number of others whose jobs require little more than a phone and a computer with an Internet connectioniworking from home is a real option 0quot But as the world saw last week telecommuting does not appear to be a mass phenomenon in New York Along with the thousands of restaurant retail and service industry personnel construction workers street sweepers teachers and other employees for whom connectivity has little to do with making a living there were plenty of desk jockeys turning their white collars to the wind and making their way to offices when they could presumably have worked from home 9 Why has telecommuting never really been embraced in the way futurists once said it would The answer has little to do with logistics and more to do with tribal phenomena like status power fear and ritual It s also a function of the fact that even in the digital age people in cities from New York to San Francisco just like to lay eyes on one another If telecommuting were such a great idea why do the Intemet experts concentrate in a few small geographical areas said Kenneth T Jackson a professor of history and social sciences at Columbia University and the author of The Encyclopedia of New York City 8 They too need the stimulation of other humans who are present in the esh not on a screen he said 5 As did presumably many of those New Yorkers who trudged across the bridges linking Brooklyn Queens and Manhattan last week 0 Just how many of them were as well prepared to work at home as in the office is not known Data from WorldatWork a telework industry consortium suggest that after atlining at about 76 million for the last four years the number of regular employees working at home at least one day a month jumped to 99 million in 2005 Tens of millions more workersiselfemployed types contract employeesiswell the number who do some type of work from home at least one day a month to 261 million although what exactly was meant by work was unclear
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