Telecommuting is a work arrangement where employees have flexibility in working location and hours. The central place of work is replaced by telecommunications links: Internet, email, fax, etc. Many telecommuters work from home, though others – aka nomad or web commuters – work from locations such as coffee shops or libraries, etc. According to the US Census in an annual survey, roughly 2.9 million workers were considered telecommuters at the end of 2009. Other statistics put these numbers at 35 million if contractors, part-time workers or occasional work from homers are included.
Statistics are not why you are interested in this post: You’ve already decided that work from home is a desirable option or you wouldn’t be here. Many large employers offer flexible schedules and we list some of the best below. As always, research is your best friend when considering work from home as an option.
Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For:
Of the 82 companies on the Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, many allow employees to telecommute or work at home at least 20% of the time. These 10 have the highest percentage of telecommuters.
Company (% of of employees who are “regular” telecommuters)
Cisco Systems (85%)
Juniper Networks (75%)
Recreational Equipment (REI) (53%)
S.C. Johnson & Sons (39%)
Southern Ohio Medical Center (37%)
Booz Allen Hamilton (36%)
American Fidelity Assurance (34%) 1
Working Mother Magazine adds the following companies:
AFLAC Inc. (Columbus GA)
# Employees: 4,207
Provides supplemental health insurance policies. Staffers are given lots of flexibility to adjust and compress their hours and to work off-site.
Allstate Insurance Co. (Northbrook IL)
# Employees: 37,219
Provides retirement, investment, insurance, and banking products.
More than a quarter of staffers telecommute.
American Express Co. (New York NY)
# Employees: 28,627
Provides global travel, payments, network and financial services. Allows employees telecommute.
Astrazeneca (Wilmington DE)
# Employees: 12,281
Develops, manufactures, and markets pharmaceutical products. 75% of staffers work off-site.
Avon Products Inc. (New York NY)
# Employees: 7,009
Manufactures and markets cosmetics and other consumer products. Allows its employees to telecommute.
Bank of America (Charlotte NC)
# Employees: 166,761
Provides banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management services. My Work telecommuting program at headquarters and in Boston helps associates avoid long commutes by allowing them to work from home or from a satellite office.
Bayer Corp. (Pittsburgh PA)
# Employees: 14,789
Manufactures health-care and crop-protection products and innovative materials. Staffers are allowed to work off-site.
Bon Secours Richmond Health System (Richmond VA)
# Employees: 4,481
Operate four hospitals and provide other health-care services
FLEX APPEAL Offers part-time work, flextime, compressed hours and telecommuting. Staffers who work just 16 hours a week receive health insurance benefits.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (New York NY)
# Employees: 17,138
FLEX APPEAL 79% of staffers use flextime, telecommuting and job-sharing. Benefits are available to those who work just 14 hours a week.
Capital One Financial Corp. (McLean VA)
# Employees: 10,866
Provide credit cards, loans and other financial services
FLEX APPEAL Many employees telecommute and work compressed hours but the majority flex on a casual basis, coming in a little later in the morning after dropping the kids off at school or leaving during the day for kid-related events..
Carlson Companies (Minnetonka MN)
# Employees: 37,646
Own, manage and franchise hotels, restaurants, travel groups and a cruise line; operate Carlson Marketing
FLEX APPEAL 75% of employees informally flex their schedules, while a smaller group of leisure-travel staffers works entirely from home.
Citigroup Inc. (New York NY)
# Employees: 145,127
Provide financial products and services
FLEX APPEAL Offers compressed workweeks, job-sharing, part-time work and telecommuting.
CJW Medical Center (Richmond VA)
# Employees: 3,446
Provide medical and emergency services for a 758-bed hospital
FLEX APPEAL More than 75% of employees flex their hours, work part-time or part-year, telecommute or compress their workweeks. Work/life balance training is mandatory for all new managers.
Colgate-Palmolive Co. (New York NY)
# Employees: 5,656
Produce a variety of personal-care, oral-care and household products
FLEX APPEAL With the approval of their managers, staffers can come in late or leave early, telecommute, job-share, work a compressed week or arrange sabbaticals. A uniform application process for flex schedules ensures equity.
Credit Suisse Securities LLC (New York NY)
# Employees: 8,446
Provide investment banking, securities, private banking and asset management services
FLEX APPEAL Offers telecommuting, job-sharing and compressed weeks. To encourage more widespread use, the firm launched an online program outlining available work options, demonstrating effective job proposals, and explaining how to figure out what arrangement will best suit employees’ needs.
Dow Corning Corp. (Midland MI)
# Employees: 4,202
Manufacture silicon-based technology and products
FLEX APPEAL Employees can compress their workweeks, job-share or telecommute (with the company providing equipment to employees working from home).
Eli Lilly & Co. (Indianapolis IN)
# Employees: 21,521
Develop, manufacture, and market pharmaceuticals
FLEX APPEAL Nearly half of all staffers telecommute.
Fannie Mae (Washington DC)
# Employees: 5,531
Provide financial services to banks and other mortgage lenders
FLEX APPEAL Offers employees a slate of alternative work arrangements that includes flextime, telecommuting, job-sharing, compressed work weeks or part-time schedules. Employees receive health insurance after 20 hours of work a week.
First National Bank (Omaha NE)
# Employees: 4,012
Provide competitively priced financial services
FLEX APPEAL About half of employees used flextime, and about a quarter take advantage of a compressed work schedule. The company also offers telecommuting and job-share options. Employees need to work just 20 hours a week to keep their health insurance.
Ford Motor Co. (Dearborn MI)
# Employees: 132,844
Manufacture and distribute cars and trucks in 200 markets across six continents
FLEX APPEAL Offers flextime, compressed work schedules, job-sharing and telecommuting. Only 16 hours of work a week qualify an employee for health insurance.
Genentech (South San Francisco CA)
# Employees: 9,438
Use human genetic information to discover, develop, commercialize and manufacture biotherapeutics
FLEX APPEAL More than 60% of employees telecommute
General Electric Co. (Fairfield CT)
# Employees: 164,289
Offer diversified technology, media and financial services
FLEX APPEAL Offers flextime (used by about half of employees last year), compressed schedules, telecommuting and job-sharing.
The above companies are a small sample of companies that offer flex-time, telecommuting or work from home options. Check back over the next couple of days for additional options!
List edited and compiled by Dion Shaw
Dion Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs.
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