Tuesday, May 23, 2006

A telecommuting success story

When Daniel Barnette heads to his job as a computational scientist for Sandia National Laboratories each morning, he enjoys an enviably short commute. After breakfast, he walks out of his kitchen, down a hall covered in framed family portraits and takes a left.

Just like that, he's at work.

"I tell people, 'I've got to go to work now,' and I just walk in there," Barnette says of his home office.

Barnette "telecommutes" three or four days each week, performing his job remotely from a spare bedroom/office in his home.

According to Kate Rivera, the manager of staffing, recruiting and relocation at Sandia, approximately 175 of the company's 8,500 employees have formal telecommuting contracts.

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