Telecommuting or teleworking is working at home, or at another location away from the traditional work site.
Telecommuting can be an effective option every day, once a week, or on an as-needed basis.
Telecommuting is considered a trip reduction option because it saves space on our roads. By allowing people to work from alternative locations, it eliminates or minimizes automobile trips. Telecommuting can be very successful and has been found to improve employee job performance, employee job satisfaction, and expand a company’s opportunities for recruiting and retaining employees due to the flexibility offered with telecommuting.
Telecommuting can be well suited for the following jobs:
Does telecommuting work for you?
Telecommuting may not be an appropriate option for employees whose job requires them to be in direct contact with people or machines at the work site. Here are some things to consider if you are interested in telecommuting.
Telecommuting works well for self-motivated, independent workers who can communicate effectively and are familiar with job requirements.
- Will working from home or another site be distracting to you? Telecommuting can not be used as an alternative to childcare.
- How can you be reached? Will you have phone calls transferred to another line, or will you check your voicemail throughout the day? Clients and co-workers will need to know how to reach you.
- Do you have space at home or another site for an office?
- Will your employer provide a computer or other office equipment?
- If you telecommute full-time, will you miss anything by not always being at the office?