Are Remote Offices Becoming The New Normal?

“As companies tighten their purse strings, they’re spreading out their hires — this year, and for years to come,” reports Backchannel, citing interviews with executives and other workplace analysts. mirandakatz writes:
Once a cost-cutting strategy, remote offices are becoming the new normal: from GitHub to Mozilla and WordPress, more and more companies are eschewing the physical office in favor of systems that allow employees to live out their wanderlust. As workplaces increasingly go remote, they’re adopting tools to keep employees connected and socially fulfilled — as Mozilla Chief of Staff David Slater tells Backchannel, “The wiki becomes the water cooler.”
The article describes budget-conscious startups realizing they can cut their overhead and choose from talent located anywhere in the world. And one group of analysts calculated that the number of telecommuting workers doubled between 2005 and 2014, reporting that now “75% of employees who work from home earn over $65,000 per year, putting them in the upper 80th percentile of all employees, home or office-based.”
Are Slashdot’s readers seeing a surge in telecommuting? And does anybody have any good stories about the digital nomad lifestyle?

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