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Telecommuting or telework is a work arrangement in which employees have flexible working locations and hours. They use telecommunication links to work. Many work from home, while others, occasionally also referred to as nomad workers or web commuters utilize mobile telecommunications technology to work from coffee shops or other locations. Telework is a broader term, referring to substituting telecommunications for any form of work-related travel, thereby eliminating the distance restrictions of telecommuting.[1] A person who telecommutes is known as a "telecommuter". A frequently repeated motto is that "work is something you do, not something you travel to".[2]


  1. Nilles, Jack M., Managing Telework: Options for Managing the Virtual Workforce, John Wiley & Sons 1998, ISBN 0-471-29316-4
  2. Leonhard, Woody, The Underground Guide to Telecommuting, Addison-Wesley 1995, ISBN 0-201-48343-2

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