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Does working at home work for employers?

Yahoo recall of workers to office reignites debate over flexible schedules

Roger Showley, U-T SAN DIEGO

Friday, March 8, 2013

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Answer: YES

Clearly it depends upon the type of work, individuals, and circumstances involved. Even in the digital age, there are studies showing personal face-to-face interactions, especially among innovative industries, foster creativity. Professor Edward Glaeser’s “Triumph of the City” describes how workers need to meet and exchange ideas for innovation and development to occur. Cities and industries thrive by people congregating in dense places. Direct proximity to customers, co-workers and competitors provides valuable information that becomes a well-spring for innovation. It is therefore essential, especially for technology-based, intellectually driven sectors, to emerge and prosper through direct personal interactions and settings.