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Telecommuting: An Alternative Workplace Solution

Increasingly business is adopting telecommuting as a business strategy. Telecommuting is nothing less than a shift in the way America works. The virtual office offers companies a powerful management tool that can:

  • lower overhead costs,
  • decrease employee commute time,
  • reduce work-related stress
  • boost productivity, and
  • attract talented employees.

According to a 1997 Trends Magazine article, telecommuting is estimated to grow at an annual rate of 20 percent through the year 2000. In essence, telecommuting has become one of the most frequently used workplace flexibility programs.

The following guides may be of assistance as you set-up and manage your Tele-work program.

AT&T Tele-work Guide: AT&T adopted a corporate Tele-work policy in 1992. This site was developed to help you on your Tele-work journey. Gathered from AT&T's extensive internal experience with Tele-work arrangements, the site highlights:

  • the benefits of Tele-work,
  • shares tips and tools to help you get started, and
  • includes a telecommuting calculator to help measure the environmental impacts of Tele-working.

Topics such as assessing organizational readiness, implementing a pilot program and drafting a Tele-work policy are included. Helpful suggestions and tools to assist supervisors and Tele-workers embark on a successful Tele-work arrangement are detailed. Issues such as training and setting up a home office are addressed. Sample surveys to measure and assess the success of the Tele-work program are also available.

Smart Valley, Inc.-- Telecommuting Guide: If you are searching for information regarding Telecommuting, this guide should answer many of your questions. According to Pete Sinclair, President & Chief Executive Officer for Smart Valley, Inc., the information in this document has been "battle tested" and will provide you with the necessary building blocks to get your organization's Telecommuting program started. This guide includes:

  • Corporate incentives
  • The Telecommuting Project Manager's Activities
  • How to Select and Manage Telecommuters
  • The Tele-worker
  • Virtual Office and the Virtual Organization
  • Tele-workers and Technology
  • A corporate view of Tele-work Technology

This guide also includes discussion on Telecommuting Policy, as well as provides a sample Telecommuting Agreement, Telecommuting Security Policy Checklist, a Glossary of Common Terms, Cost Benefit Analysis Worksheet, Furniture, Equipment and Supplies checklist, other Resources.

For More Information Contact:

International Tele-work Association and Council:

204 E Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 547-6157
FAX:(202) 546-3289
email: TAC4DC@aol.com

The American Telecommuting Association
1220 L Street, NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20005
1-800-ATA-4-YOU
email: YourATA@aol.com

Jane Anderson
Midwest Institute for Telecommuting Education (MITE)
1900 Chicago Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone (612) 879-5409
FAX (612) 879-5400

Telecommuting "How-To" Resources-Gil Gordon/Telecommuting
This is a comprehensive list of telecommuting and Tele-work resources and links from around the world. It is part of a large site on telecommuting provided by Gil Gordon Associates.