Point/Counterpoint: Advantages and Disadvantages of Telecommuting

Activity Description:

Purpose:

To consider the advantages and disadvantages of telecommuting from the employee/employer perspective.

Steps:

  1. Divide the class into four groups
  2. Ask Group 1 to discuss and create a list of the advantages of telecommuting, from the employee viewpoint.
  3. Ask Group 2 to discuss and create a list of the disadvantages of telecommuting from the employee viewpoint.
  4. Ask Group 3 to discuss and create a list of the advantages of telecommuting from the employer/organizational perspective.
  5. Ask Group 4 to discuss and create a list of the disadvantages of telemarketing from the employer/organizational perspective.
  6. Structure a debate between Group 1 and Group 2.
  7. Structure a debate between Group 3 and Group 4.
  8. Ask the students to identify areas of where the employees’ and employers’ views are similar, and where they are in opposition.
  9. Have a class discussion about what can be done to promote common ground between the employee and the employer/organizational perspectives.

Activity Source:

Content contributed by Ellen Kossek as a Suggested Work and Family Class Activity