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Employees' attitudes towards Telecommuting. An empirical investigation in the Egyptian Governorate of Dakahlia

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Abstract:

Thousands of companies today, in a wide variety of industries, are experiencing the benefits of allowing employees to work from their homes. Telecommuting has become a recognized and accepted work alternative for millions of Americans that has exponentially grown during the past 20 years. The main purpose of this paper is to explore the attitude of the Egyptian information workers towards the concept of telecommuting, and to examine the relationships between such an attitude and workers' expectation of their productivity and job satisfaction if participating in a telecommuting program. Original data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire. A national sample of 228 Egyptian information workers in Dakahlia Governorate in Egypt completed the questionnaires with usable data. The results revealed that more respondents are in favor of telecommuting than those who are not in favor of the concept, and that the increase in the attitude score towards telecommuting tends to be paired with higher expectations about telecommuting productivity and satisfaction.

Keywords: Attitude; Benefits; Driving forces; Productivity; Satisfaction; Telecommuting

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01449290500535426

Affiliations: Faculty of Commerce, University of Mansoura, Mansoura, Egypt

Publication date: September 1, 2007

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