Best Companies for Telecommuting

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Intro to the Top Companies That Allow Employees to Work From Home

The most forward-thinking and flexible employers understand that telework is not just a perk for employees but also beneficial to the company as a whole. In these pages you'll find some of the best companies for telecommuters -- ones that are known to have telecommuting programs or otherwise informally allow employees to work from home at least part time. Many of these companies often land on "Top Companies To Work For" lists partly because of benefits offered such as telecommuting.

For your easy reference, these telecommuting companies are organized by industry. The industries below also comprise the list of the best sectors to find a work-from-home job:

  • Business Services
  • Consumer Products, Retail, Manufacturing
  • Financial Services
  • Government/Defense & Space
  • Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals
  • Media/Publishing
  • Technology & Telecommunications
  • Travel

Important note: Although companies are listed here as telework-friendly, becoming a telecommuter at most organizations is determined on a case-by-case basis, with on-site performance required before telecommuting is allowed. Also, these companies may not have any employment positions (on- or off-site) open at this time. Visit their website to see if there are available jobs, and follow common-sense job search do's and don'ts when inquiring about a job.

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Business Services

The companies listed below are large corporations with the resources to implement telwork programs. The management firm Accenture, for example, has 36 offices with videoconferencing facilities and is among the top 10 companies with the highest percentage of regular telecommuters, according to Fortune.

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Consumer Products, Retail, and Manufacturing

Some of the companies below may surprise you. When you think of work and Wendy's, telecommuting may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Even the most service-oriented companies, though, have jobs that can be done remotely. Weyerhaeuser, which develops sustainable industrial products from trees, writes in its company FAQs that flexible work arrangements depend on the specific case, but they include several examples of flexible work arrangements including telecommuting.

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Financial Services

Many jobs within the financial services industry require frequent face-to-face contact, but those that don't can be done from home. Given a phone and access to remote systems, employees who work as insurance agents, consumer collections, and mortgage loan officers, for example, can telecommute. In fact, a Gartner Group study (source: Telecommute! by Lisa Shaw) lists the banking and finance industry as the second top sector for telecommuting (after business services and tied with retailing/wholesaling).

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Government, Defense and Space

The federal government is one of the biggest supporters of telework. In fact, there's even a law that requires all eligible employees in federal agencies to be allowed to telework. Other legislation like the Clean Air Act and Americans with Disabilities Act have also supported the case for telecommuting.

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Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Health Insurance

Telecommuting helps healthcare administrators and other professionals in this field increase their productivity by spending time away from the institution/company. Remote workers also help support the initiative to move healthcare records into electronic formats, though privacy concerns regarding off-site medical records access need to be addressed. It's interesting to note that the healthcare industry has the greatest adoption of telecommuting, according to the blog Supporting Safer Healthcare.

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Media and Publishing

Writing and editing are jobs that can easily be done remotely, as these are often solitary activities. More media outlets are embracing new technology and finding benefits to having telecommuters.

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Technology and Telecommunications

There are many reasons the Tech industry is so supportive of telework, among them: top companies need to attract the best talent in a very competitive field, a great portion of jobs like programming don't require face-to-face meetings, and these companies have the technologies (in some cases they created them) that enable remote work.

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Opportunities for working from home in the travel industry include travel advisor and sales rep positions. JetBlue, for example, is one of the more famous companies that embrace telecommuting, allowing all flight reservation agents to work from home.

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