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Telecommuting can improve employee morale and increase productivity.

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Besides giving them hefty raises, perhaps the best thing you can do to keep employees productive and happy is to let some of them work from home. I should know--I recently began telecommuting myself. Today's workers demand more flexibility in their jobs, and telecommuting provides just that, thus allowing them to spend more time with their families. It also improves their productivity by helping them avoid a hectic--and often distracting--work environment.

Telecommuting doesn't pay off just for employees, however: Companies with telecommuting programs typically experience a reduction in lost time and the costs involved with commuting, sick leave and employee turnover.

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