What is telecommuting?
Telecommuting is a flexible work arrangement that allows for work to be done at an alternate location such as the home, while staying connected with the office through the use of technology. Telecommuting has many variations and is referred to by several different terms. For purposes of this guide, the following definitions will be used:
- Telecommuting: work is performed both at the office and at an alternate location for a portion of the scheduled work week.
- Telework: work is performed from an alternate location all of the time.
Potential benefits of Telecommuting include:
- Increased performance and productivity
- Decreased absenteeism and turnover
- Improved work / life balance and job satisfaction
- Reduced energy / fuel usage and associated greenhouse gases
- Increased office space flexibility
Telecommuting can be a paradigm shift in how the workplace, employees and activities are managed. A successful telecommuting arrangement is supported by a leadership style that is flexible, outcome oriented and relies heavily on effective communication. Telecommuting can be rewarding for the employee, the supervisor and the work unit if thoughtfully implemented and reviewed.