Telecommuting

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  • Created on: 28-04-13 21:51
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  • Telecommuting
    • What is it?
      • Telecommunications is the use of communication (usually via the internet/phone network) to work from home
      • There is flexibility over exactly when you work, although it typically is the same as the office hours
      • The employee needs to be trusted and self motivated
      • An estate agent needs to go out and show customers houses however a computer programmer may benefit from teleworking
    • Employer
      • Disadvantages
        • It may be less formal to meet a customer at a home rather than an office
        • Employee's problems may be harder to fix
        • It is harder to keep an eye on Health and Safety
        • Less personal relations with staff and customer
        • Data is spread over many households and areas making it difficult to track
        • Monitoring employees may be harder from home
        • Expensive to provide correct equipment to employee's homes
      • Advantages
        • Flexible working allows the company to keep valued members of staff who have other commitments - e.g. Childcare
        • Can be located where space is cheaper
        • Can employ people from anywhere
        • Staff can work at anytime - not limited to illness, weather conditions etc.
        • Wider range of applicants
        • Smaller workplace needed
        • It is believed that people are less likely to have "sick days"
        • Saves costs on cleaners, equipment etc.
    • Employee
      • Disadvantages
        • Distractions - TV, Children etc.
        • Lack of communication with other staff
        • Security of work/storage
        • Possible cost of equipment or software
        • Equipment failure - loss of work
        • Difficult to get away from work - causing stress
        • Less peer support with challenges
        • Less morale gained from teamwork and social time
        • Young chldren in the house may not be conducive to working
        • No office may look unprofessional
      • Advantages
        • Can still work during holidays
        • Working environment of choice
        • Can be at home to receive parcels, greet handymen etc.
        • No travelling costs
        • Own equipment may be better than office equipment
        • Choice over what time to work - morning, evening etc.
        • Can apply for jobs anywhere
        • Spend less time travelling - more time working
    • Jobs
      • Non-suitable
        • Police Officer
        • Dentist
        • Estate Agent
        • Teacher
      • Suitable
        • Design - Fashion, Architecture
        • IT maintenance, programming, management, software design
        • Open University Tutors
        • Journalism
    • Equipment and Needs
      • Mobile Internet access
      • Mobile Phones, PDAs, Smartphone etc.
      • Broadband Internet connection
      • Computer & Suitable Hardware
      • Remote access to company's network
      • Working Space
      • Webcam and Microphone (Video Conferencing)
      • Software for the job
      • Printers, scanners etc.

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