This is the original text:
People left their offices at a predictable time, were often completely disconnected from and out of touch with their jobs as they traveled to and from work, and were off-duty once they were home.
And this is my perception out of it:
People were completely free as they traveled to and from work.
Am I right? If not, would you please tell me what the meaning of 'to and from' is?
Based on the title of the article ("Is technology killing leisure time?"), the piece is pointing out that, because of modern technology, one is never really free from the demands of the workplace. When one is out of the office, one is reachable by cell phone, e-mails on one's phone, and e-mails on one's home computer. Therefore, work is impinging on our leisure time.