InfoWorld Test Center Test Drives Telecommuting

SAN MATEO, CA – MARCH 12, 2001-InfoWorld, the weekly magazine that delivers in-depth analysis of enterprise technology and strategies combined to deliver insight into vital business solutions, takes a comprehensive look at the pros and cons of telecommuting in its March 12 issue.

 

InfoWorld reports that telecommuting benefits for employees include flexibility, increased productivity, and few interruptions. And companies can stretch limited office space and lure good people in a highly competitive job market by giving employees the flexibility to work from home, or by supporting full-time commuters from remote locations.

According to InfoWorld, telecommuting also poses challenges for both organization and worker including the fear among managers of losing control over employees, and feelings of isolation and burnout among telecommuters. From a managerial standpoint, telecommuting is easier to implement for project workers and other employees whose work is easily measurable. But it can also be made to work for employees whose roles require them to work a certain number of hours on specific tasks. Often organizations will put in place measurement guidelines that remote workers must meet in order to continue with the working arrangement.

Cahner’s In-Stat Group, a digital communications research firm, reports that roughly five million workers in the largest corporations, or 10 percent of the enterprise workforce, telecommute via the Internet. Cahner’s also estimates that the total number of online telecommuters in the enterprise market is growing at an average rate of 17 percent per year.

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InfoWorld Media Group delivers in-depth analysis of enterprise technology and strategies combined to provide insight into vital business solutions through its integrated print, online and events channels. In an era when technology is more critical to business success than ever before, InfoWorld Media Group provides senior IT level expertise for executives such as CTOs and CIOs on how technology drives specific business benefits such as revenue growth, relationship management, and enhancing organizational efficiencies.

InfoWorld Media Group’s coverage of key technologies, products and trends that assist IT professionals in leveraging technology for business advantage is substantiated by original research conducted in InfoWorld’s $23 million, dedicated multi-platform, enterprise test center. Since 1978, InfoWorld has performed the industry’s most trusted testing of technology and products. To learn more about InfoWorld, go to www.infoworld.com.

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