The New Commute

by Laurie A. Shuster, Managing Editor; ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 12, Pg. 58-59


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Owners of small engineering firms differ in their opinions about the efficacy of allowing employees to work from home one or more days per week. Some find it difficult to justify the technology purchases that would make telecommuting easier, while others say offering this flexibility helps them hire and retain the best employees in a tight labor market. Business management experts say telecommuting is the way of the future, and point out that it offers benefits to both employers and employees, and can even improve worker efficiency. The best way to start, they explain, is by allowing star employees to try it first.

Subject Headings: Employees | Employment | Labor relations | Telecommunication | Working conditions

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