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Telecommuting Option

lady at computerHow does the image of working in your pajamas from home appeal to you? The boom of fast telecommunications technologies has made it possible for people to work from their homes, thereby eliminating commute trips to their offices.

What is telecommuting?

Telecommuting consists of working at home or at another off-site location, such as a telework center. Telecommuting creates a more flexible work pattern, allowing employees to work where the work can best be done. Employees can telecommute every day, or just once or twice a week.

What are some of the benefits of telecommuting?

Telecommuting can save employers money in parking and office space costs. It allows a more flexible work arrangement for employees, which can increase their productivity. The more flexible work schedule also reduces absenteeism and sick leave. It helps to reduce automobile congestion, improve air quality, and save employee commuting costs.

Who telecommutes?

Employees who are involved in information-related tasks are best suited for telecommuting. These tasks include:

  • Writing
  • Data entry, processing, coding
  • Programming
  • Telemarketing
  • Customer service
  • Research
  • Editing
  • Business telephone calls
  • Billing
  • Bookkeeping
  • Cost estimating
  • Planning
  • Scheduling
  • Performance evaluation
  • Budgeting
  • Proposal writing
  • Plan checking
  • Drafting
  • Auditing
  • Audio or video conference calls

Which companies in North Central Texas allow telecommuting?

Mobil, Frito Lay, IBM, Texas Instruments, Xerox, AT&T, GTE, J.C. Penney, the Dallas County Department of Community Supervision and Corrections, and the General Services Administration are all examples of companies in the Metroplex who allow employees to engage in some form of telecommuting.

How do I know if telecommuting is right for me?

Telecommuting typically is right for employees that:

  • Have tasks that can be done at home
  • Require little face to face contact with customers
  • Are sales or field workers
  • Have access to the equipment needed to work at home
  • Are self-starters
  • Can work with little supervision
  • Don't need to be around people every day

Who can I contact for additional information?

NCTCOG has published Telecommuting, Checking Into It, which provides information on telecommuting, and gives advice on starting your own telecommuting program.

Additional assistance can be obtained by calling NCTCOG at (817) 695-9240.

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