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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

Far from gruntled

I read the March editorial of The Actuary with great envy, and, I must confess, great irritation. ‘The internet really has meant that we can work from anywhere that we can make a broadband or wireless connection.’ No it hasn’t. I have had a broadband connection at home for the past two years, but still have to endure a four-hour round trip every working day so that I can sit at an inferior computer in the office, doing work I could have done more easily at home. I, and many of my actuarial friends and colleagues, long to work from home, but our employers will not let us. The technology exists – on that point I agree with the editorial – but if the culture of control persists in the workplace, we will never experience the joy of using it.