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Introduction On September 20 1994 some 32000 ATT employees stayed home They werent sick or on strike They were telecommuting Employees ranging from the CEO to phone operators were part of an experiment that involved 100000 people Its purpose To explore how far a vast organization could go in transforming the workplace by moving the work to the worker instead of the worker to work Today ATT is just one of many organizations pioneering the alternative workplace AW-also known as telecommuting the combination of nontraditional work practices settings and locations that is beginning to supplement traditional offices Apgar 121 According to IDCLink Resources New York approximately 8 million Americans currently telecommute A survey conducted by Olsten Corp Melville NY reports that 62 percent of North American companies encourage telecommuting Riggs 46 In addition research shows about 50 of all employees either have a job that lends itself to telecommuting or want to get involved in telecommuting Most researchers agree that telecommuting growth is fastest in companies employing more than 1000 and in those with under 10 employees Harler 26 Current Situation Telecommuting came into existence out of necessity First increasing global competition has brought pressures and opportunities to businesses consultants and service vendors As a result the Yankee Group predicts that as many as 80 percent of all employers will have to adopt remote work in order to compete in world markets by mid-to late nineties Manire 51 Second the Information Age necessitates that companies move faster and thus act and react to business conditions sooner Third telecommuting has been increasingly enforced at state and federal levels due to the Clean Air Act CAA of 1970 as amended in 1990 The CAA affects any firm with over 100 employees in areas with severe ozone attainment levels which covers every good-sized city in the nation Harler 27 The Impact of the Internet on Telecommuting
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