Small Business Report: The Home Advantage

by Jill Tunick, Freelance Writer; Arlington, VA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2001, Vol. 71, Issue 4, Pg. 62-63

Document Type: Feature article


Allowing at least some employees to work from home some of the time can help small businesses improve their ability to hire and retain talented engineers who are demanding flexibility. Those who have tried it have found that the management issues for home-workers are much the same as they are for those in the office. Experts recommend that small business managers make sure that the employees they choose for a telecommuting program are self-motivated and focused, and that the tasks they do there are those that are best accomplished alone and without interruption, such as writing, designing, and researching. Employers must also do their best to ensure that the employees' home environments are suitable for work, and may need to invest in some hardware and software for those employees doing a significant amount of work at home.

Subject Headings: Small business | Employees | Writing skills | Managers | Computer software

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