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Le Sueur County approves ‘snowbird’ telecommuting arrangement

If arrangements like this catch on, maybe retiring snowbirds won’t have to work at Wal-Mart.

A Le Sueur County Human Services supervisor will soon begin working at home, from Arizona, the Mankato Free Press reports.

The county board approved the arrangement, at the request of the human services director, because the employee is a very good worker and the arrangement will save the county money.

The paper says the 16-year county employee, who oversees a staff of seven, proposed the part-time position “because she felt she could effectively do her job in that time frame as she phases toward retirement, and she desired a telecommute plan in order to spend winters in Arizona.” Much of the work group’s duties are Internet-based, which helps, too.

She’ll be supplied with a laptop computer, software and cell phone but has to provide office space and a printer.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by art ullman on 12/14/2008 - 12:07 pm.

    Most office workers can work remotely as long as they have the facilities and support from management.

    Not everyone has proper facilities to work at home, and some people prefer the socialization that comes from working in an office. These workers can work remotely, but might want to work from a Remote Office Center rather than from their own home. ROCs provide internet, phone and “structure” for telecommuters.

    If you don’t have to live near your workplace, you have a greater range of work options, and you don’t have to spend half your day commuting.

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