Richard Foley Richard.Foley at
Sun May 6 09:24:54 BST 2007

On Sunday 06 May 2007 03:02, Marvin Humphrey wrote:
> On May 5, 2007, at 5:09 PM, Paul Makepeace wrote:
> > I am surprised people are making the most noise about money, is that
> > the sole block to moving jobs? Is challenge, work place environment,
> > peer quality (this is the biggie for me at Google), and other
> > intangibles all nicely covered, and it's just the cash slowing people
> > down?
> Telecommuting and flex-time.
Telecommuting (and flexi-time by inference).

Financial reward is not the sole attraction to me for a particular job, 
although it obviously helps.  I've taken pay variation where the job: is in 
the right place, sounds interesting, has turned up at the right time, enables 
me to work from my (DSL + ISDN connected) home office, etc. etc.  I'll take a 
pay cut to work from home, because it reduces my costs with accommodation and 
food, and increases my quality of life.  All sorts of reasons for a 
particular choice.

> When handled right, it's a glorious way to live and work.
Marvin, if I understand you correctly, you are referring to telecommuting 
here.  In which case, I am with you all the way.  Sometimes it's a 2-edged 
sword though.  Most people think telecommuting is walking the dog and 
watching telly, they don't realise it tends to eat into your dinner time, and 
you very often end up doing longer hours, your lunch ends up being 10 minutes 
instead of 30, when the work drifts into your evenings as you continue to 
work on a problem until it's fixed.  Having a door you can close in both 
directions, and physically going to work in a different room, is a very good 

Richard Foley
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