Assess the costs and benefits of home-based teleworking/telecommuting from your own point of view and the point of view of your employer
Please fill in the blanks in the form below. When you finish, click on the SUBMIT button and we will display the cost-benefit analyses for your particular case and the respective points of view. You may then use the information as part of your pre- (or mid-) telecommuting discussions with your employer. If you are using this analysis to describe a group of teleworkers, use average values for your inputs. You might also want to convert this analysis to a desk-top application so you can have it available for meetings with the boss, in which case we recommend printing the output or saving it as a file.
Enter the data in the units you normally use. For example, if you're in the U.S. use dollars; in the UK use pounds; in the euro-based countries use euros; in Japan use yen; etc., for costs. Similarly, use square feet in the U.S. and square meters elsewhere for questions about areas, km and km/litre or miles and miles/gallon, etc. Enter "0" if you're not sure about the cost but then try later to find out what it is. Also, only enter costs that are new or differential costs. For example, if your employer ordinarily pays for a desktop computer for you and you give up that computer for a laptop that you use both while teleworking and while you are in the office, then enter the difference in cost between the laptop and the desktop computers rather than the entire cost of the laptop. Similarly, if you pay for the computer you use for work, but you also use the computer for personal purposes, only enter that portion of your costs that are work-related.
Important: only enter numbers, no currency symbols, in the spaces provided.
Note that we do record your input data for statistical analysis purposes. However, we do not record any personal data and no individual records will be divulged to anyone other than the analysts at JALA. The analysis assumes a nominal five-day work week. The form starts with some nominal US values for each item. You only need to change the values that are different in your case.
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Last modified: Tuesday July 10, 2012.