Author: Eric B. Meyer
When to Use
There are numerous reasons employers might allow employees to work by telecommuting on either a part- or full-time basis, given the various benefits that may be realized: a reduction in overhead expenses; better employee attraction and retention; improved employee productivity (there are often fewer interruptions at home than at the office); greater flexibility for employees; increased available work time (gained by the absence of a commute); and fewer productivity losses due to weather, construction or other circumstances that may prevent employees from coming into the office. Additionally, telecommuting can be an option offered as a reasonable accommodation in the case of an individual with a disability.
A written policy helps employees understand under what circumstances telecommuting might be an option, and the parameters for such an arrangement.