And now, leading the herd in telecommuting...small business. More than 65% of the 9.1 million telecommuters in the U.S. work for companies with fewer than 100 employees, according to IDC/LINK research. Top industries for telecommuters are health care (13.5%), education (9%), and architecture (8.8%). But there's more to managing it than buying the right modem. Employers should consider the potential telecommuter's personality--organized self-motivators do best--and the arrangements at home. Legal issues include insurance for off-site job-related injuries. Smart Valley Inc., a Silicon Valley nonprofit outfit promoting telecommunicating, has a good overview on the topic at smartone.svi.org.
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