Career Experts Predict The Future Of Telecommuting

Telecommuting is trendy these days, but which direction is it heading in the future? Will companies continue to embrace this paradigm or will they require more face-to-face interactions? I was fortunate enough to round up some high-profile industry experts to chime in. Without further ado…

Jacob Morgan

Telecommuting is one aspect of flexible work. While I believe that telecommuting is on the rise, the far more interesting trend is the idea of allowing employees to work anywhere, anytime, and on any device. This means if they want to work from home they can, if they want to work in an office they can do that to, and if they want to work in a coffee shop, that’s also an option! Telecommuting is great, but flexible work is better 🙂
Best-selling author of the Future of Work, Keynote Speaker, and Futurist. You can learn more or connect with Jacob at or on twitter @JacobM

Debra Wheatman

I think that a lot of companies, provided they have a way to measure employee output and performance via metrics reporting will be moving to more telecommuting options. In addition to cost savings for both companies and its employees, studies show that employees who have the flexibility to work remotely are more productive and dedicate more time to their work.
Debra Wheatman is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC). She is globally recognized as an expert in advanced career search techniques with more than 18 years’ corporate human resource experience. Debra has been featured on Fox Business News, WNYW with Brian Lehrer, and quoted in leading publications, including, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and CNBC. Debra may be reached at, or you may visit her website at

Erin Kennedy

Thanks to technology in the workplace, more and more people are able to work from home either part or full time. I think this will continue to be a strong trend. Apple, Amazon, Google and more offer flexible work options and finds that not only does this increase morale in the workplace but also productivity.
Erin Kennedy, MCD, CMRW, CERW, CEMC, CPRW is a Certified Master & Executive Resume Writer/Career Consultant, and the President of Professional Resume Services, Inc., home to some of the best resume writers on the planet.

Laurence Bradford

As technology continues to advance, there is less need to be in an office everyday. Many employers already offer flexible work-from-home options. Of course, there are some jobs where you need to be “face-to-face” – like a surgeon. But in general, telecommuting is the way of the future.
Laurence Bradford, tech careers expert of and owner of

Roy Cohen

Working remotely is more than a trend. Technology offers important tools that increasingly eliminate the need to be based physically in an office. Resources and relationships can be accessed globally and significant cost savings can be achieved. As long as a visual component is incorporated, the need to “be there” in person to promote collaboration and community can be addressed virtually. The only exception: When a product requires hands on production or the delivery of a service benefits from the group experience.
Roy Cohen is a career coach and author of the best-selling career book, The Wall Street Professional’s Survival Guide. In addition to numerous media appearances, he serves on the advisory board of Men’s Fitness Magazine and he was selected in 2013 as the official career coach for the movie, Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

Laura Labovich

I believe that telecommuting IS the future of work but, in the short-term, employers will only afford telecommuting options to current proven and trusted employees, not new hires. Telecommuting is still seen as a benefit of a job well done; not an option to which a new hire is entitled. So, for job seekers, that means it will continue (at least for the foreseeable future) to remain challenging to find these “work-at-home” opportunities; however, once you show your value to your employer, working from home will increasingly be a benefit that will unfold for you, which can increase work satisfaction (and provide a huge cost savings to the employer as well).
Laura M. Labovich is the Chief Executive Officer of The Career Strategy Group, a high-touch & high-tech outplacement firm in Washington D.C; the author of HIRED! The Ultimate Job Search Course; and co-author of 100 Conversations for Career Success, an Amazon Job Hunting bestseller .