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
Zimmerman, Eilene.
The Christian Science Monitor, May 7, 2013
The Hard Truth about Telecommuting
Noonan, Mary C.; Glass, Jennifer L.
Monthly Labor Review, Vol. 135, No. 6, June 2012
The Influence of Supervisors' Leadership Style on Telecommuters
Madlock, Paul E.
Journal of Business Strategies, Vol. 29, No. 1, Spring 2012
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
Telecommuting and Leadership Style
Dahlstrom, Timothy R.
Public Personnel Management, Vol. 42, No. 3, September 2013
Flextime and Telecommuting: Examining Individual Perceptions
Gainey, Thomas W.; Clenney, Beth F.
Southern Business Review, Vol. 32, No. 1, Fall 2006
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
Managing Teleworkers and Telecommuting Strategies
Gina Vega.
Praeger, 2003
Telecommuting's Downside Is Decreased Collaboration
Agsalud, John.
Honolulu Star - Advertiser, March 5, 2013
Telework May Harm Workers Left at Office, Study Posits
Frauenheim, Ed.
Workforce Management, Vol. 87, No. 3, February 18, 2008
Telecommuting Workers Given More Control over When and Where They Work
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
Gainey, Thomas W.; Kelley, Donald E.; Hill, Joseph A.
SAM Advanced Management Journal, Vol. 64, No. 4, Autumn 1999
Telecommuting: Is It Right for You and Your Business? the Dos, Don'ts, Perks and Drawbacks to a Controversial Issue in the Changing Office Landscape
Goodman, Emily.
Journal of Property Management, Vol. 78, No. 4, July-August 2013
Telecommuting in the 21st Century: Benefits, Issues, and a Leadership Model Which Will Work
Gibson, Jane Whitney; Blackwell, Charles W.; Dominicis, Peter; Demerath, Nicole.
Journal of Leadership Studies, Vol. 8, No. 4, Spring 2002
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
Telework and Social Change: How Technology Is Reshaping the Boundaries between Home and Work
Nicole B. Ellison.
Praeger, 2004
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