Making Telecommuting Work for You.

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Telecommuting is gaining more popularity as firms realize the benefit of its use. The Center interviewed Dr. Kathryn Fonner, a researcher with extensive data on the applicability of teleworking in the contemporary workplace.

Dr. Fonner’s research highlights the benefits of telecommuting for employees, such as higher job satisfaction, less stress and time pressure due to interruptions, and less exposure to office politics. As expected, teleworkers exchange information with their supervisors and colleagues less frequently than do their peers who are physically co-located. At the same time, Dr. Fonner and her colleague found that teleworkers have similar levels of access to quality and timely information, proving that more information is not always better.

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How can companies increase job satisfaction?

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Organizations should focus on creating a less stressful environment for their employees in order to boost productivity, according to Dr. Kathryn Fonner. Dr. Fonner, an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has conducted extensive research on the experiences of teleworking versus office-based employees.

Flex time, part time and teleworking are among the flexible arrangements designed to diminish the work overload of employees and increase their job satisfaction. Dr. Fonner suggests that limiting the number of meetings and e-mails and creating office spaces for specific projects are steps that may help employee retention efforts.

The Center will give specific coverage to flexible work arrangements, such as telecommuting and virtual work teams during June and July.

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