Employees' Attitudes Toward Telecommuting: An Empirical Investigation in the Egyptian Governornate of Dakahlia

Employees' Attitudes Toward Telecommuting: An Empirical Investigation in the Egyptian Governornate of Dakahlia

Ahmed G. Abdel-Wahab (University of Mansoura, Egypt)
DOI: 10.4018/jbdcn.2006040102
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Abstract

Thousands of companies today in a wide variety of industries are experiencing the benefits of allowing employees to work from their homes. Telecommuting has become a recognized and accepted work alternative for millions of Americans and has grown exponentially during the past 20 years. The main purpose of this article is to explore the attitude of Egyptian information workers toward the concept of telecommuting and to examine the relationships between such attitude and workers’ expectations of their productivity and job satisfaction if they participated in a telecommuting program. Original data were collected by using a self-administered questionnaire. A national sample of 228 Egyptian information workers in Dakahlia governorate in Egypt completed the questionnaires with usable data. The results revealed that more respondents are in favor of telecommuting than those who are not in favor of the concept and that the increase in the attitude score toward telecommuting tends to be paired with higher expectations about telecommuting productivity and satisfaction.

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