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Telecommuting

lady on phone at computerWhat is telecommuting?

Telecommuting consists of working at home or another off-site location.

There are various forms of telecommuting, such as working at home or working at a telework center; all have in common a more flexible work pattern determined by where work can best be done.

Telecommuting can be done every day, or just once or twice a week.

What are some of the benefits of telecommuting?

  • It can save employers money in parking and office space costs
  • It allows a more flexible work arrangement for employees, thereby increasing their productivity
  • It reduces absenteeism and sick leave
  • It can save on employee commuting costs
  • It helps to reduce automobile congestion and improve air quality

Who telecommutes?

Employees who are involved in information-related tasks are best suited for telecommuting. These tasks include:

  • Writing
  • Data entry, processing, coding
  • Programming
  • Telemarketing
  • Customer service
  • Research
  • Editing
  • Business telephone calls
  • Billing
  • Bookkeeping
  • Cost estimating
  • Planning
  • Scheduling
  • Performance evaluation
  • Budgeting
  • Proposal writing
  • Plan checking
  • Drafting
  • Auditing
  • Audio or video conference calls

Which companies in North Central Texas allow telecommuting?

Mobil, Frito Lay, IBM, Texas Instruments, Xerox, AT&T, GTE, J.C. Penney, the Dallas County Department of Community Supervision and Corrections, and the General Services Administration are all examples of companies in the Metroplex who allow employees to engage in some form of telecommuting.

How do I know if telecommuting is right for me?

Telecommuting typically is right for employees that:

  • have tasks that can be done at home
  • need little face-to-face contact with customers
  • are sales or field workers
  • have access to the equipment they need to work at home
  • are self-starters
  • can work with little supervision
  • don't need to be around people every day

Who can I contact for additional information?

NCTCOG has published Telecommuting, Checking Into It, which provides information on telecommuting, and gives advice on starting your own telecommuting program.

Additional assistance can be obtained by calling NCTCOG at (817) 695-9240.


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