- Telecommuting is a job design that allows employees to work at least a few hours outside the office workplace environment. Employees using telecommuting utilize information technology that allows employees to work from home and still stay connected to the central office through information technology. Telecommuting allows workers to work on their own schedule instead of having to follow a particular schedule and do not necessarily have to come in contact with the supervisors. Telecommuters have the freedom to be their own boss and have less distractions when they work outside of the office environment. Telecommuters usually end up having more time for themselves as they work from home and have the freedom to take time off when they get bored from doing work. On the negative side, telecommuters can feel discouraged working from home and can feel that there are no chances for promotion. Telecommuters are only successful if they have the self-discipline to get the work done on your own.
- Disadvantages of Telecommuting:
- Become isolated: loneliness is experienced by working at home
- Unable to develop relationships with co-workers
- Get distracted by other things at home, for example children, chores etc
- Might face the family-work conflict, unable to decide when to do what