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In the ever-expanding information age the notion of an office has changed dramatically Increases in technology such as computers modems and the Internet have meant that managers must be able to effectively deal with problems that may arise from using these new advancements No area is this more necessary than in the field of telecommuting management Telecommuting moves the work to the worker and allows periodic work out of the central office by employees of a company and with the new international trend of business brings the all worlds markets in reach Many positions such as data processors sales people software programmers and even senior executives can use telecommuting The management of these telecommuters is essential to the overall effectiveness of the program Not only do the managers have to maintain effective communication but they must also select telecommuters select sites purchase new equipment and measure results Using these methods internationally can also save a company a lot of money by not having to send knowledge workers overseas There are many reasons why a company would want to decentralize and start a telecommuting program The main reason is that 57 or more of the US workforce is comprised of information or knowledge workers These workers jobs are derived from the collection manipulation and dissemination of information using computers These workers do not need to be in attendance at a central office because they are able to do the same work at home Not commuting to a central workplace but instead to this virtual workplace opens up opportunities for business owners and employeesMany potential benefits are increased organizational flexibility better management reduced turnover rates and increased employee morale Telecommuting programs are very profitable and tend to create these profits in a very short period This includes the purchase of the equipment and training expenses incurred at the beginning of the program Businesses save money by not having to pay for sick days and
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