Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Telecommuting in Spain

A rather cute article in El Pais’ Herald Tribute section yesterday about how teleworking hasn’t really taken off in Spain (sorry no direct link).

In the United States, some workers get up, take a shower, get dressed and then, instead of driving to work, turn on a computer in their own home. There, coffee cup in hand, they say hello on Skype to other colleagues who, like them, are not going into the office. They’re the teleworkers, an emerging force that accounts for about eight percent of all employees in Spain, versus 15 percent in the United States and 17 percent in Nordic countries such as Finland.

That sounds like me! (Except for the taking a shower and getting dress part.. kidding… mostly). I’m glad I’m pushing up the percentage, although no one has ever bothered to ask me whether I work from home, so who knows how they are getting these numbers.

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