Telecommuting Essay

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According to Fortune's 2011 list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For”, 82 of the 100 offer telecommuting opportunities to their employees. There are many benefits for companies and employees when considering a teleworking atmosphere. Such as a flexible schedule, cost savings and possible increase in productivity. However, just like everything, there are draw backs to consider as well. and it may not be for everyone. Telecommuting or telework is an arrangement between employee and employer in which employees do not commute to an actual work place. Telecommuters instead, work from home or other locations using mobile telecommunication technology. According to Online Forum at pbs.org, in 1997 more than 11.1 million people were working from home. While it is difficult to determine exactly how many U.S. employees telecommute today, it is possible that the number of people who telework now, could be as high as 33.7 million. That is 17% higher than back in 2006 when the total was estimated at 28.7 million. (Meinert, 2011) According to PBS Online Forum, back in the 1980's the environment movement emerged and as a result, telecommuting was introduced as a way to decrease transportation costs and pollution. In the 90's, developments in technology began to take off and as a result, the cost of telecommunication devices such as cell phones, computers, fax machines ect. became more affordable. This made the idea of telecommuting much more realistic. The thought of not having to get up early in the morning, not having to fight traffic or worry about the cost of gas appealed to many. As companies began to offer this as an option to their employees, the corporate leaders began to notice that it in turned saved them money as well. Today, “According to a 2012 survey from Reuters, approximately one in five workers worldwide, telecommute frequently.” (Leybovich,

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