Sunday, January 22, 2006

Telecommute what traffic

CELEBRATION -- Determined to get away from snow and freezing temperatures, Bert FitzGibbons told his boss a few years ago he was leaving New York -- with or without his engineering job.

Fortunately, his boss let him keep his position. Like many telecommuters in Central Florida, he works for a company based up North.

"I don't find it hard to work at home," FitzGibbons said. "I don't have the interruptions I have at the office. . . . [The home environment] is a lot more controllable. That's a very big plus to me."

Warm weather and the overall high quality of life in Florida have lured workers with high-tech skills such as FitzGibbons to the Orlando area. Residents are drawn to telecommuting because urban sprawl and traffic congestion make driving to work a pain. Also, some telecommuters said, northern companies offer higher pay than most local firms do.
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