Csmonitor.com devoted an entire article to telecommuting from home success stories. In the age of Blackberry, Skype, e-mail and instant messaging, it is becoming more common for businesses to allow employees to telecommute from home, or even the local coffee shop. I touched on this in my previous post about legitimate work at home jobs.
Exactly how many people are working in their PJs? WorldatWork, a national organization of HR professionals, says that around 28 million Americans are working from home at least one day per month, and that number could reach 100 million by 2010. Which jobs were included in these telecommuting from home success stories? Keep reading!
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Top Companies for Telecommuting
One of the top companies for telecommuting from is Wasabi Publicity in Atlanta, GA. The CEO, Drew Gerber, supervises a public relations staff in seven different time zones. He tracks his employees' work (e-mail and phone calls) via an online service. Gerber says, "I don't have to be on the phone with them continuously saying, 'Is this done, is that done?' "
Recommendations for Telecommuters and Bosses
Debra Dinnocenzo of Pittsburgh-based VirtualWorks says that most studies on telecommuting show an average increase of 30 percent in productivity. Elizabeth Anderson of E.H. Anderson Public Relations, based in Waco, Texas, told csmonitor.com: "I know it can work. You want to make your employees as happy as you make your customers. My business is not going to grow if my employees are not happy."
Telecommuting Bookkeeping Work and More
Some of the more popular telecommute jobs mentioned by csmonitor.com include: bookkeeper, PR account executive, marketing director and customer service. Recent data in the PayScale Research Center has average salaries for various telecommuting jobs:
- Sr. Software Engineer/Developer/Programmer - $92,352
- Information Technology (IT) Manager - $89,178
- Project Manager, IT - $83,720
- Information Technology Consultant - $78,913
- Regional Sales Manager - $74,755
- Account Manager Sales - $59,866
Costs Versus Benefits of Telecommuting
Why is telecommuting becoming more popular with some companies? For a lot of reasons, says Richard Laermer, author of the book "2011" and a New York marketing consultant. Laermer cites the rising costs of commercial real estate, ever increasing gas prices, endless commutes and environmental concerns. Telecommuting can save businesses overhead costs, and employees gas and travel time.
Telecommuting Job Companies: The Future?
Laermer told csmonitor.com: "It is all going to be about telecommuting in two to three years. It's going to be a huge change in the way things get done. Working at home is not only possible; it's going to end up being better for the employee and the employer." Hmmm, does this mean you should ask your boss if you can telecommute? It may depend on your boss' age. Younger supervisors tend to be more willing to try, most likely because they grew up with the web, just as us oldsters were weaned on using the telephone.
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Dr. Al Lee