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  •  expand that to telecommuting. (1+ / 0-)
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    Ann Mesnikoff

    That needs to be expanded to cover telecommuting or telework, which is ultimately the best answer to transportation-related ecological and economic costs for "office jobs" that involve using a computer and telephone all day and having occasional meetings with coworkers.  

    The idea of having to spend a couple of hours a day moving your body back and forth in order to sit at a desk and use a computer and telephone is just nuts: like digging a hole in the morning and filling it up again at night.  

    You can sit at a desk and use a computer and telephone at home equally as well as in an office.  With teleconference software or various inexpensive or free applications, you can have meetings.  There's no need to transport a physical body back and forth to do any of that.

    If the "commuter deduction" is allocated to telecommuting, it can also save an employer about 200 square feet of office space rental and maintenance costs per employee, which has a significant multiplier effect and shows up on the bottom line.

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 01:32:10 PM PDT

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    •  I love this idea! (1+ / 0-)
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      by Ann Mesnikoff on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 01:47:40 PM PDT

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    •  I wonder (1+ / 0-)
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      G2geek

      My employer passively encourages telecommuting by offering to pay for a computer, phone, scanner/printer/fax, and Internet service for your home office.  They'll even do an ergonomic evaluation of your home office if requested.

      Does anyone know if that is common for companies that permit telecommuting?

      •  that's actually really really good. (0+ / 0-)

        I've been promoting telecommuting since 1998 when I developed th office telephone system feature that enables even the smallest companies to turn their telecommuters' home office landlines or cellphones into "extensions" of the main office system.  

        What I've seen for the most part is: companies will provide technical support to their employees, to get their computers and telephones working, and supply them with laptops.  But scanner/printer/fax, and subsidized internet: nope, haven't seen a whole lot of that.  And ergonomic evaluation: I've never seen that.  So your employer is going way above & beyond the call of duty on this one and deserves serious good PR for it.

        Mind if I ask in the most general sort of way, what industry or general field of business your employer is engaged in?  

        "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

        by G2geek on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 07:48:11 PM PDT

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        •  It's an engineering and management consulting firm (0+ / 0-)

          I'd rather not get too specific, as it would be pretty easy for someone to figure out which one, and, by the comments I've made over the years, who I am. I prefer anonymity.

          It seemed like a pretty good deal to me, too, and I'm considering it to cut down on commuting costs (time and money). Plus, not having to pay for Internet for the house is an added bonus.

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