BlueCross eyes more telecommuting by pengtt


									BlueCross eyes more telecommuting
Mike Pare
Chattanooga Times FreePress
April 2, 2009

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is wrapping up work on its new $299 million home
office. Staff Photo by Margaret Fenton

Even as BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee wraps up work on its new $299 million
home office, the insurer is looking at getting into telecommuting jobs in a big way, an
official said today.

“We’ll probably do a telecommuting initiative in a big way in 12 to 24 months,” said Dan
Jacobson, the insurer’s vice president for properties, in remarks to the Chattanooga Area
Chamber of Commerce’s Market Center Council.

BlueCross eventually plans to put 4,300 people in the new Cameron Hill headquarters,
expected to be finished by summer, as it consolidates operations from across the city.

But, growth by the Chattanooga-based insurer has prompted it to keep about 500 workers
in the Miller Building on Broad Street, which it intends to now hold onto for several

Mr. Jacobson said BlueCross locally only has about 100 people who telecommute from
their homes currently.

On a percentage basis, he said, the insurer does more telecommuting in Memphis and
other cities, he said.

“It lowers costs,” Mr. Jacobson said. “It offers an option that attracts a wider array of

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