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Way Out There?

Is telecommuting the office of the future or just a bad idea that comes and goes?

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John Land is a programmer for StickyData.com, a New York City-based Web development company. But Land, 25, isn't a typical employee. You won't find him at the office-he telecommutes from Fairfax, Virginia. "I'm more productive this way," he says.

Five years ago, prognosticators said Land would be the norm by now. While the International Telework Association and Council counts about 24 million regular telecommuters, the prediction that everyone would trade travel time for a home office hasn't panned out. Why? Leery managers.

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