Flexible Work Arrangements: Telecommuting

Fixed and variable work arrangements involve flexibility in schedules ('flextime'). There is, however, another type of variable work arrangement that involves flexibility in location, called telecommuting. Telecommuting is defined as a work arrangement in which some or all of the work is performed at an off-campus work site such as the home or in office space near home. Communication may be by phone, e-mail, fax, and pager. Equipment may be owned and maintained by the employee or by the University.

Because telecommuting arrangements can be a bit tricky to arrange, and in order to minimize problems for both the employee and the supervisor, Staff Human Resources developed a Manager's guide for telecommuting at UC Berkeley (please see Telecommuting Policy for Staff Employees).

In most cases, both the department and the telecommuter are best served if the employee is present in the department at least a couple of days a week. There are many other considerations as well, so when considering a telecommuting arrangement, begin by reviewing the above document.

For more information on considering telecommuting, also see How to Choose or Benefits of Telecommuting and Flexible Work Arrangements.