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Fuel shortage drives increase in telework October 3, 2008

Posted by Matsu in Business, Education, Information Technology, Management, Technology, Uncategorized, Web.
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Working at home

Working at home

Teleworking, the term used to describe working from home through the use of technology, is on the rise in the hardest hit areas of the country. The recent severe gas shortages in Atlanta, Nashville, and Charlotte has caused employers and employees to take a long hard look at ways to avoid the daily commute while maintaining or even increasing productivity.

An article in Network World talks about this workplace phenomenon, including the benefits and pitfalls of adopting telecommuting or teleworking policies. Before you jump in and start providing your employees with the option of working from home you might want to think through the problems and create some clear policies to address potential problems before they arise. To get you started, you should read this TAI article listing the Pros and Cons of teleworking.

If you are serious about starting a teleworking policy for your employees, then you might want to read this post that gives advice on the things that OSHA says you must address before you launch that new work-from-home program. It also includes a boiler-plate agreement that will help you get started on building your own policy.

Also, as you consider the affect that teleworking may have on those who stay home (and their productivity) don’t forget about those workers who still go to the office… here’s an article about that problem.

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1. Moose - October 3, 2008

I’ve had telecommuters working for me. In fact many of the content people from my last position were telecommuters. It worked really well. Of course, it is also a job where the work is very obviously done or not done. Also it is a position where there is a lot of over-sight both internally and by the customer – so productivity is very much monitored.


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