HOW STUFF WORKS
QUIZZES

FOLLOW US
The Ultimate Telecommuting Quiz
by Staff
Have you joined the ranks of the world’s many telecommuters? Perhaps you are considering making the switch from commuting to working from home. No matter what your motivation is to telecommute, thousands of employees are finding that telecommuting is very rewarding. Take our quiz now to see if you are up to date on telecommuting.

What was the percentage of growth rate in employees working from home between 1990 and 2000?

  • 35 percent
  • 29 percent
  • 23 percent

What was one thing experts feel fueled an explosive growth in employees working from home?

  • energy crisis
  • Internet
  • global warming

What is one thing that experts feel helped boost working from home prior to a wide availability of the Internet?

  • Los Angles earthquake
  • dialup modems
  • childcare reform

How did telecommuters manage to work at home without the Internet?

  • couriers and delivery services
  • landline telephones and fax machines
  • both of the above

What is considered the most basic telecommuting technology for an at home worker today?

  • combination printer, scanner and fax
  • a personal computer or laptop
  • wireless internet

How do many companies insure full connectivity when working with their telecommuters?

  • Many companies offer web client email and web document access.
  • Many companies set up a remote network connection via the internet.
  • Both of the above.

What is a great method of connecting to your office when you are telecommuting while on the road?

  • remote PC access software
  • high-speed dialup
  • Wi-Fi

What can a telecommuter do to arrange conferences, give presentations or partake in work sharing when necessary?

  • Sometimes it is best to go work for meetings.
  • Host an at home meeting and let your co-workers get out of the office for a few hours.
  • There is some excellent web conferencing software available for this purpose.

What have many employers done to make working at home easier?

  • Provide written standards of equipment and software minimums required at home.
  • Provide computer equipment and software required for a home office for free or at a subsidized price.
  • Reduced office space and provide a rotating schedule for people to take turns using the office space.

By what percentage does productivity typically increase when employees telecommute?

  • 15 to 20 percent
  • 10 to 15 percent
  • 5 to 10 percent

What is another benefit that companies derive by supporting a work at home program?

  • Companies that allow telecommuting experience reduced absenteeism and decreased employee burnout.
  • Companies that allow telecommuting can reduce overhead costs and real estate costs.
  • Both of the above.

According to a recent survey, what percentage of telecommuting employees take pride in working at home?

  • 82 percent
  • 70 percent
  • 57 percent

According to the same survey, what percentage of telecommuting employees were satisfied with their company?

  • 73 percent
  • 66 percent
  • 58 percent

According to a recent study, how much less gas does a typical telecommuter consume per year?

  • 1,000 gallons
  • 850 gallons
  • 680 gallons

What is a good piece of advice for telecommuters?

  • Call in to the office several times a day and log who you talk with and how long to prove you are working.
  • Send your manager frequent status reports even if he or she does not appear to want them.
  • Do not feel that you have to work constantly to make up for working at home.