In this overview of telecommuting, the author describes how this new phenomenon is changing workstyles and urban planning. At present, nearly 9 million Americans are telecommuters, working from home or at remote worksites. The benefits of this arrangement are twofold: workers avoid long, tedious commutes to the office and companies save on office space and equipment. Although telecommuting is viewed as a positive change for the workforce because of the flexibility it offers, the negatives of telecommuting include speculation of increased sprawl and more air pollution. The article reports that some city planners are promoting "tele-friendly" communities to lure the telecommuting population into their jurisdictions. The Federal Government has established a pilot telecommuting program, which is highlighted, and tips for making a community "tele-friendly" are offered.


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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 12-16
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  • Accession Number: 00672312
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 10 1995 12:00AM