YES: Societal conditions today make working from home a rational and viable option for many.
An increasing number of knowledge-intensive jobs, coupled with more complex computer systems and connectivity, make working from home both a feasible and desirable option for knowledge-workers.
Many jobs require workers to invest creative energy into projects and working from home can conceivably raise productivity levels as workers are more likely to develop innovative ideas when they work from the emotionally comforting environs of their homes.
For women who both work and raise young children, working at home may be feasible and desirable in some professions, such as online entrepreneurs or accountants, which may be more flexible in their delivery of work-task requirements and job deadlines.
NO: Societal conditions today make working from home a less rational or and viable option for many.
Many knowledge intensive jobs may be highly sensitive in nature, requiring the protection of data relating to client confidentiality or national security, and working from home should remain at the office to better protect such data, which can be more easily hacked into or compromised at home workstations.
Contrary to popular misconceptions, our homes offer many distractions to our work and it is likely that productivity will suffer if more people work from their homes as they spend working hours non-related activities such as playing online games, social networking sites or performing household chores.
For most professions, women will have the unenviable but inevitable task of working at the office and leaving young children to other caregivers since these jobs require them to be on the job site or office and collaborate with colleagues in the fulfilling of job-tasks and work projects.