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The New Era of Telework: Benefits and Drawbacks

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Even in the face of metro outages or inclement weather, productivity loss has remained minimal in the Washington, D.C. metro area—at least among professional workers. This can be largely attributed to the number of both private and public sector organizations with policies in place that allow for scheduled, occasional, or situational remote work. This practice is commonly referred to as teleworking or telecommuting, and typically includes the following:
  • Replacement of time spent working in the office with time spent working from a remote location (often the employee’s own home)
  • The use of telecommunication technology (e.g., phone, email, instant messaging)
The federal government has long been on the forefront of implementing policies and technology that ensure that... more