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About This QuizHave you joined the ranks of the world’s many telecommuters? Perhaps you are considering making the switch from commuting to working from home. No matter what your motivation is to telecommute, thousands of employees are finding that telecommuting is very rewarding. Take our quiz now to see if you are up to date on telecommuting.
What was the percentage of growth rate in employees working from home between 1990 and 2000?
The U.S. Census Bureau reported that the number of employees working from home grew by 23 percent from 1990 to 2000.
What was one thing experts feel fueled an explosive growth in employees working from home?
Experts consider the availability of reliable high-speed Internet as a catalyst to the explosive growth in employees working from home. The connectivity of the Internet helped employers to allow employees to transition to a work at home option.
What is one thing that experts feel helped boost working from home prior to a wide availability of the Internet?
Los Angles earthquake
According to the Boston Business Journal, the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake provided the impetus for thousands to work at home. Moskowitz claims that the quake prompted many companies to implement telecommuting programs quickly in order to stay in business.
How did telecommuters manage to work at home without the Internet?
couriers and delivery services
landline telephones and fax machines
both of the above
Prior to the Internet most people relied on landline telephones, fax machines and couriers to communicate and move material between their home office and work location.
What is considered the most basic telecommuting technology for an at home worker today?
combination printer, scanner and fax
a personal computer or laptop
A good computer is considered essential for most telecommuters today. Less essential but almost as important is a quality printer, especially if it incorporates a scanner and a fax as well.
How do many companies insure full connectivity when working with their telecommuters?
Many companies offer web client email and web document access.
Many companies set up a remote network connection via the internet.
Both of the above.
Many companies offer remote access directly into their intranet network servers via their employees’ internet connections. There are various ways to connect including Web client e-mail, Virtual Private Networking (VPN) and dedicated employee web pages.
What is a great method of connecting to your office when you are telecommuting while on the road?
remote PC access software
Several different software packages are available to install on your laptop and your office computer. When you go away, you leave your office computer running and when you connect remotely you can see your office desktop and control it remotely.
What can a telecommuter do to arrange conferences, give presentations or partake in work sharing when necessary?
Sometimes it is best to go work for meetings.
Host an at home meeting and let your co-workers get out of the office for a few hours.
There is some excellent web conferencing software available for this purpose.
Web conferencing software has come a long way to meeting the needs of virtual video conferencing, remote work sharing. Most software even allows you to display a document, spreadsheet or presentation to participants by allowing them to view your desktop as you speak.
What have many employers done to make working at home easier?
Provide written standards of equipment and software minimums required at home.
Most employers that have employees working at home have established standards of computer equipment, software and internet connection bandwidth. Standards make it easier to ensure that you can work efficiently and seamlessly while at home.
Provide computer equipment and software required for a home office for free or at a subsidized price.
Reduced office space and provide a rotating schedule for people to take turns using the office space.
By what percentage does productivity typically increase when employees telecommute?
15 to 20 percent
10 to 15 percent
According to the American Telecommuting Association, employee productivity generally increases by 10 to 15 percent when they are telecommuting. People working at home tend to spend less time socializing and more time focusing on work, because of fewer interruptions at home.
5 to 10 percent
What is another benefit that companies derive by supporting a work at home program?
Companies that allow telecommuting experience reduced absenteeism and decreased employee burnout.
Companies that allow telecommuting can reduce overhead costs and real estate costs.
Both of the above.
Companies that allow employees to telecommute experience reduced absenteeism, decreased employee burn out, reduction of overhead costs and savings in real estate costs. Many companies have several vacant cubicles reserved for telecommuting employees who need to or want to come in to the office for a day or two, but there is not a designated cubicle for every employee.
According to a recent survey, what percentage of telecommuting employees take pride in working at home?
A 2007 survey taken by Kenexa Corp. found that 70 percent of telecommuting employees took pride in working from home. The survey polled 10,000 U.S. workers.
According to the same survey, what percentage of telecommuting employees were satisfied with their company?
The survey found that 73 percent of telecommuters were satisfied with their company as opposed to only 64 percent of commuters who felt the same. Many experts feel that the high satisfaction is due to the implicit trust that employers show by allowing telecommuting.
According to a recent study, how much less gas does a typical telecommuter consume per year?
According to a study commissioned by the Consumer Electronics Association an average telecommuter uses about 850 gallons less than an average commuter every year.
What is a good piece of advice for telecommuters?
Call in to the office several times a day and log who you talk with and how long to prove you are working.
Send your manager frequent status reports even if he or she does not appear to want them.
Do not feel that you have to work constantly to make up for working at home.
It is a good idea to work out a status-reporting schedule and method with your manager along with when and whom you should call on the phone. The best advice is to have set hours for work and to not fall into the trap of working constantly as a concession to being at home.
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