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One of your best employees moves to her dream house on the lake but isn't excited about commuting downtown to your office. Is it possible to have her work from home? And while you're at it, could this arrangement work for your out-of-state tech specialist? How about those sales team members who are gone so much that their desks are a waste of space?

A growing number of companies are turning to telecommuting in hopes of retaining key employees, increasing productivity and improving efficiency. According to the Kensington Technology Group, a San Mateo, California, manufacturer of computer accessories, 8.2 million Americans telecommute regularly. And in a survey of employers released last April, Kensington found that employees report being 30 percent more productive when working from home.

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