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WORK IS A JOURNEY by ProQuest

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John Maynard's commute isn't much different from those of most executives, in that he shuttles from one town to another to get from home to work. Maynard is among a new breed of executives who refuse to relocate for their job and instead opt for an alternative arrangement known as "extreme commuting," which involves either making a weekly trek by plane or traveling daily by car for more than 90 minutes each way to and from work. Many job candidates view relocation as a deal-breaker, says Jeff Hocking, managing director of Korn/Ferry International's San Francisco office. High-profile companies including Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems are adopting measures to facilitate extreme commuting, which often entails four-day workweeks, telecommuting and flexible hours. Since extreme commuters are often out of the direct eye of supervisors, it behooves employers to develop guidelines that ensure they are performing their jobs properly, experts say.

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