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Do you telecommute?

I noticed that our story on telecommuting appears to be generating a lot of visits to, so I thought I’d throw a few questions out here on the blog:

  •  Does your company have any formal policies on telecommuting? If so, what are they?
  • What are your personal telecommuting habits?
  • Has staff reporting to you broached the topic of telecommuting? What are their stated reasons for asking about it?

I’ll go first. Although my commute to the office is a not-so-bad 20 minutes, I usually telecommute on Friday. I enjoy it because I save gas and consider it a somewhat relaxing end to the workweek. I stay in touch with my colleagues through instant messenger, e-mail and cell phone when necessary. Perhaps most importantly, when I work from home, I often find myself working through lunch and later into the evening without even realizing I’m doing it. So my employer is benefiting, too.

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Although I have several online ventures, I still telecommute part-time as an adoption social worker. For my agency, having telecommuting social workers saves them money while at the same time expanding the area to which it can offer services. I tend to work best in the morning. By after lunch I'm petering out a bit. Often I quit for the day as early as 2 (I usually start by 7:30 am or so). Occasionally I'll put some time in during the evening as needed.
I telecomute as much as possible. If there are no meetings scheduled tomorow, I stay home an avoid travelling. I usually start around 7h15 AM, Pause around 10h00 for a coffee refill and work up until 13h15. Then I take a 30 mintes lunch and go on until 16h00/ 16h30. I find it easier to concentrate when there are no other conversations around. I found that loud music helps me stay focused. I guess it keeps the artistic part of my mind busy and leave my analytic and logic skills unafected and free to all that epicurian noise. It is very important to remain availlable to collegues. Therefor, I never plan to telecommute. I improsise daily upon my agenda. Of course, during vacation period, I stay home more often. There is another aspect to telecommuting: Mobility. When I have to travel, I often resume telecommuting habits from hotel rooms. I use the same tools to telecommute from home of the hotel room. I also telecommute from regular customer premisses. As I attend weekly meetings in remote offices, it is simpler to remain there to continue my daily tasks than travelling back to the office. They usually appreciate having me sitting close to them for a few hours, just in case. And very often, it turns out we can improvise a small meeting to rapidly resolve issues that would otherwise require weeks to schedule appointment
Teleworking can be part time-in my point of view. People interacting with each other in person will have different out put than those interacting over phone or mails. Yes, my employees keep giving reasons like sick,or personal work for telecommuting. A good blog with an interesting topic..keep moving dude! Stacy
Most people have to do a job as a living, even if it means being subjected to a program of authoritarian propaganda punctuated by many different moments of frantic efficiency. Going into business for yourself removes one “Big Brother” figure from the equation, but you have to be supremely motivated to achieve success. Working from home is another choice. Hammering out the daily [A href=""]telecommute[/A] can benefit both the employer and the employee.