Ever wondered what are the differences between Telecommuting, Teleworking, Remote Working, and Working From Home? We explain it all.
What Does Working Remotely Mean?
Working remotely essential means you are working in a different location from your head office or your team. Because you are not in the same location you need to use technology to bridge the divide between you and your work colleagues, team, peers and your boss.
Telecommuting vs Remote Working vs Teleworking
There are a lot of very serious web pages with definitions of telecommuting, remote working, teleworking and working from home. They go on for pages defining the difference. But the fact is they are nearly all the same thing. It all means “not in the office”. But below I will explain the differences.
An old phrase coined in the 1970s by a rocket scientist who wanted to not drive to work one day and instead made a phone call and called it telecommuting. Read more about Telecommuting With Success.
Someone who wants to sell you a new electricity provider, or solar panels for your house. The difference is they are calling you at home, from their home. I would love to call them back and sell them some insurance.
Working From Home (WFH) Definition
The perception of working from home (WFH), is that a person went out on Thursday night and partied so hard they cannot drive to work the next day. So on Friday, they are WFH, e.g. lying in bed watching T.V. and trying not to vomit.
But this is not the reality, working from home is a part of our modern working life. Working from home means that on a specific day a person is located at their home. It indicated a temporary arrangement, but in reality, all these words are interchangeable.
Remote Working Definition
Someone who works remotely because their office space has been cut or the local office location has been shut down. Perhaps they used to be part of a local team, but that team was all outsourced to India and they were the un/lucky survivor. They are still great employees, so they still have a job, therefore they need to work remotely because they literally have nowhere to go to.
Instead of calling into work from another city or even home, you are calling into another country. It’s kind of in the name!