Telecommuting In Today's Business

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In today's modern workplace, technology has affected the way we conduct our everyday business in every aspect of "Corporate America". We have more ways to communicate with each other, our computers and even ourselves than anytime in history. Due to this significant increase in communication technology, a case can be made for employees to accomplish their daily work requirements while actually never setting foot in the office. With a good computer, high-speed internet connection, phone and fax machine, many positions in today's workforce could be redirected to work from one's home instead of the traditional office. Of course, there are many inventions that would enhance this relationship such as: cell phones, pagers, copiers and even a newer device to read and write your e-mail known by it's trade name as a Blackberry TM1. While many positions could easily be accomplished from the confines of home, there are others that require a "warm body" to be present at the office to accomplish the company's goals.

There are certainly challenges that face today's businesses as many contemplate letting employees telecommute.

"Telecommuting is the working at home or at an office near one's home one or more days a week instead of commuting to the main office or place of business2". According to a case study Telecommunications and the City by David S. Winter dated 1997, 7.6 million Americans telecommunicate. Certainly, this number is much greater some five years later! Employees who choose to or are requested to telecommunicate face some very real hurdles in their new relationship to their company because of their environment. First, there are times and events that take place in which the company's effectiveness rely on a person being "face to face" with the person or people they are interfacing with. An example of this would...