Telecommuting: Distributed Work Programs
Telecommuting involves the use of technology to replace the need for employees to travel to or work from a conventional office. The concept is to move the work to the employee instead of vice versa. The American Telecommuting Association has developed a checklist to determine how suitable an employee is for telecommuting. A formal program involving a phased approach to telecommuting was piloted by the information systems (IS) organization of a large insurance company. This company knew that not all jobs are appropriate for telecommuting. Some companies consider the value of telecommuting to the employee as benefit enough and do not accept any responsibility for the expense. There are many software packages available over the counter that can perform the transmission function well, and some have a form of security built in. More companies are allowing employees access to local area network (LAN).