What's the difference between telecommuting and working
from home? When you work from home, you work entirely off-site
and have no office presence. When you telecommute, you maintain
an on-site presence at least intermittently.
The typical telecommuter works from home 1-3 days each week
and spends the rest of the week in the office. Even a small
amount of office visibility is important--it provides face-to-face
contact with your manager, keeps you informed of office activities,
and reminds people that you are part of the company, regardless
of where you plug in your computer.
While companies sometimes hire people into telecommuting
positions, most telecommuters are existing employees whove
proven their worth and are rewarded with the option to telecommute.
The general exception is salespeople who are commonly hired
as telecommuters. They work almost exclusively from their
homes, attending meetings and checking in at corporate headquarters
on a regular, though limited, basis.
You and Your Company
Not sure if its worth the hassle? Consider the main
Negotiating Alternative Work
Even if no one at your company currently telecommutes, you
can be the groundbreaker.