Telecommute, Definition(s)

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"A subset of alternative work options where work is conducted at an off-site location and the employee uses telecommunications technology, including computers, video, and telephone systems, fax machines and high-speed hook-ups for data transfers." (Kossek)

"Work, esp. at home, communicating electronically with one's employer, etc., by computer, fax, and telephone." (Abate, 2003).

An alternative term for teleworking (see teleworking below.) (Bailey & Kurland, 2002).

“Periodic work out of a principal office, one or more days per week either at home, a client’s site, or in a telework center” (p. 1).

Glossary Source: 

Kossek, E. (2003). Telecommuting, A Sloan Work and Family Research Network Encyclopedia Entry. Chestnut Hill, MA: Sloan Work and Family Research Network.

Social Networks. (2002). In Frank Abate, (Ed.), The Oxford American dictionary of current English in English dictionaries and thesauruses. UK: Oxford University Press, Inc. Internet Explorer. www.oxfordreference.com (13 June 2003)

Bailey, D., & Kurland, N. (2002). A review of telework research: Findings, new directions, and lessons for the study of modern work. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 23(4), 383-400.

Niles, J.M. (1998). Managing telework: Strategies for managing the virtual workforce. New York: John Wiley and Sons.