What Is Telecommuting?

And how is it different from remote work?

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March 17, 2021

What Is Telecommuting?

You've probably heard the word "telecommuting" thrown around quite a bit recently, amidst the ongoing increase in remote work adoption.

However, telecommuting and working remotely are not synonymous and should not be used interchangeably.

Not all remote work is telecommuting, but all telecommuting involves some remote work.

When working remotely, you never (or very rarely) work at a company in-person, such as at an office building.

When telecommuting, you show up to work in-person some days of the week or some weeks of the months, and work remotely on the other days or weeks.

For example, you might drive to work at the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays, then work at home over the internet (hence the word "telecommute") on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Common types of telecommuting include working from home two days a week and working in-person the other three or alternating between in-person and remote work on a weekly basis.


If you do discuss telecommuting and remote work interchangeably, people will likely understand what you're saying.

But to be precise, there is a difference!

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