Worried about outsourcing? Then stop telecommuting

A recent WSJ article and countless horror stories chart the tricky waters that outsourcers must navigate to move jobs outside throat-choking range. Although nervous-nelly IT workers take comfort in these tales, don't forget the basic math of outsourcing: A job that can be done remotely by you from home for $X can probably be done remotely from Mumbai for $X/10. So how do you make your job outsource-proof?

You need to create a role that requires your presence. The only way to do that is to show up — the more, the better.

Some IT professionals got into IT to avoid having to develop their people skills. If this sounds like you, it is time to shift some paradigms. Woody Allen said "80 percent of success is showing up." He should have added "especially when you don't want to." Too many WFH days and you might as well hang a sign on your chair, "Stop paying for this seat! Call 1-800-OFF-SHOR."