Telecommuting: Lessons Drawn from the Topical Case of a Transnational’s Subsidiary in Belgium

By Laurence Thomsin

When telecommuting is mentioned, certain stereotypes come to mind. The worker is imagined at home several days a week, living a socially isolated life. In fact, telecommuting takes many forms in terms of place and timing of activities. This paper presents the profiles of IBM-Belgium telecommuters who are on a weekly schedule and make use one of three main forms of telecommuting (home-working, tele-working on the client’s premises and tele-working in a branch office). Results show that the sequencing of these telecommuting practices are geared to the professional, family-oriented, or individual requirements of the telecommuters themselves.


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