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Employers carry a more severe risk in allowing their employees to telecommute than do employees deciding to telecommute.  Companies that decide to implement a telecommuting program have to consider a variety of pros and cons, similar to those of employees, to decide whether or not such a program would benefit the company.  

Advantages

Quality of work improves and productivity increases because employees are in an environment where they feel comfortable and experience job satisfaction. 
Office space overhead and costs are reduced because companies do not have to maintain an office to support all of their employees.
Employee absentee average and sick leave is lower because they can work from home with monthly, weekly, or daily deadlines. 
Employee turnover is decreased reducing recruiting and training costs. 
Management staff does not have to worry about scheduling fluctuations they can focus on work and specific projects.
Management is released from all concern from personal emergencies of employees. 

Disadvantages

Employers have little to no supervision of employees.  This makes the employers feel they have no control over the employees and their productivity.  

With the employees working on a network attached to the company server, there is a security concern because files, documents, and possibly private company information can be accessed outside the office.    

Start up and maintenance costs incurred by the company for supplies used in home offices, maintenance of computers and network systems, and installation of intranets can be quite costly.

Health and safety issues while working in the home office.  There has been a lot of controversy over the liability issues of telecommuting.  What is the company actually responsible for if an accident happens during specified work hours?

When writing a proposal you should be sure to accentuate the advantages for the company.  You also need to consider the disadvantages your telecommuting may have on the company.  The verbiage you choose to use in your proposal could determine the attitude of the reader.  You can manipulate the previously listed disadvantages to sound like leads to advantages.  For example, employer do not have to worry about constant supervision of employees, freeing them to focus on projects and add to their own productivity. 

You should read your proposal over and over again to be sure you are willing and able to fulfill all of the requirements you have placed on yourself in the proposal.