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Work at home or in any city; Sun offers flex-Office options

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Sun Microsystems’ iWork program is more than telecommuting: it’s flexible working, says Lynn Williamson, openwork marketing manager for the Menlo Park, Calif.-based systems manufacturer.

The 10-year-old program allows employees to give up their rarely used offices and arrange to work in any Sun office around the world whenever they want to or need to. Otherwise, they work at home.

Williamson says 5,000 of Sun’s 32,000 employees have used the firm’s 20 first-come, first-served drop-in centers, which save about 90 minutes of commuting time per visit. Employees also have the option of working in the office full time.

About half of the firm’s employees have no assigned offices, Williamson says, a change that has saved the company $250 million in real estate costs. And 80 percent of Sun’s American employees say they are satisfied with their jobs.

Contact: Lynn Williamson, openwork marketing manager, at 

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