Telecommuting

telecommuting, an arrangement by which people work at home using a computer and telephone, accessing work-related materials at a business office, or transmitting materials to an office, by means of a Internet connection; it is also known as telework. Telecommuting hours can range from the occasional morning or afternoon to nearly full-time work. Although the term "telecommuting" was coined in the early 1970s, the practice only became popular in the 1990s as personal computers became more affordable and the Internet became more accessible. Initially conducted using a modem and telephone lines, telecommuting was made more feasible by cable and fiber-optic Internet connections. The development of lightweight portable computers and, later, smart phones also increased the ease of telecommuting. Government agencies and environmental groups have encouraged telecommuting because it reduces pollution, saves gasoline, and creates a less congested commuting environment. Companies have used telecommuting as a way of keeping valued employees who might otherwise be lost due to relocation or commuting stress. Although some people feel they can be more productive when working at home, others prefer an office environment.

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Telecommuting: Selected full-text books and articles

Telecommuting: Steady Growth in Work-at-Home Culture, Yahoo or Not By Zimmerman, Eilene The Christian Science Monitor, May 7, 2013
The Hard Truth about Telecommuting By Noonan, Mary C.; Glass, Jennifer L Monthly Labor Review, Vol. 135, No. 6, June 2012
The Influence of Supervisors' Leadership Style on Telecommuters By Madlock, Paul E Journal of Business Strategies, Vol. 29, No. 1, Spring 2012
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Telecommuting and Leadership Style By Dahlstrom, Timothy R Public Personnel Management, Vol. 42, No. 3, September 2013
Flextime and Telecommuting: Examining Individual Perceptions By Gainey, Thomas W.; Clenney, Beth F Southern Business Review, Vol. 32, No. 1, Fall 2006
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Telecommuting's Downside Is Decreased Collaboration By Agsalud, John Honolulu Star - Advertiser, March 5, 2013
Telework May Harm Workers Left at Office, Study Posits By Frauenheim, Ed Workforce Management, Vol. 87, No. 3, February 18, 2008
Telecommuting Workers Given More Control over When and Where They Work By Zimmerman, Alex Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), March 24, 2013
Telecommuting's Impact on Corporate Culture and Individual Workers: Examining the Effect of Employee Isolation By Gainey, Thomas W.; Kelley, Donald E.; Hill, Joseph A SAM Advanced Management Journal, Vol. 64, No. 4, Autumn 1999
Telecommuting in the 21st Century: Benefits, Issues, and a Leadership Model Which Will Work By Gibson, Jane Whitney; Blackwell, Charles W.; Dominicis, Peter; Demerath, Nicole Journal of Leadership Studies, Vol. 8, No. 4, Spring 2002
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