Telecommuting refers to a working arrangement or work style where an employee does his or her work off-site, or outside of the principal office. They typically work from home one or more days a week and communicate with the office over the phone or some other internet-related form, like chat or email.
This type of flexible work arrangement might also include some other non-traditional work setup like a flexible schedule, though it's not necessarily the case with all telecommute jobs.
Telecommuting usually refers to a job state in which the person is regularly off-site but it's sometimes used as a temporary term too, such as when someone will be working from home over the weekend or during vacation.
However, it's not typically the term used for situations where employees sometimes take work home with them or where an employee's job involves a lot of off-site work or travel (e.g., sales).
Other Names for Telecommuting
Telecommute is also referred to as telework, remote work, flexible work arrangement, teleworking, virtual work, mobile work, and e-work.
See the differences between telecommuting and telework for more information on that.
Examples of Telecommuting Jobs
There are plenty of jobs that could be done from home but they simply aren't. Most jobs that require only a computer and phone are prime candidates for telecommuting positions since both of those devices are common in most households.
Here are some examples of telecommuting jobs:
- Software engineer
- Financial analyst
- Web designer
- Administrative assistant
- Travel agent or counselor
- Systems engineer
- Medical transcriptionist