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Business Type:InsuranceBusiness Size:LargeMulti SiteMulti FunctionalLocation:Bloomfield, CTPhiladelphia, PA

CIGNA

Business Issue

In 2002, CIGNA Corporate Services Department in Philadelphia was looking for    more efficient ways to use real estate and reduce the cost of employee overhead.

Telecommuting Solution

CIGNA Corporate Services conducted an assessment and decided there were two job classes that were particularly suited to working at home:
    <ul><li><b>Claims workers:</b> This class of workers has defined work steps, does not require minute by minute supervision and can be managed with metrics such as accuracy and the number of

claims processed.

  • Field care managers: These nurses manage a caseload and conduct home visits. Requiring field care managers to go to a central office was considered by the employees an imposition
    and burden.
  • CIGNA introduced ework, its formal telecommuting option as a pilot in 2002. The resounding success for nurse case managers resulted a year later in the extension of formal telecommuting to the claims processing department. Today more than 3,000 CIGNA employees nationwide are formal telecommuters working out of their homes and without space in corporate offices.

    Key Telecommuting Challenge
    

    Executives found it was critical that employees understand and agree to company expectations for the ework program. To facilitate that understanding, a written policy was developed and reviewed with each telecommuter during a face-to-face meeting. One of the items specifically concerns child care and explains that ework cannot be used as a substitute for day care arrangements.

    Telecommuting Results

    <ul><li><b>Turnover down:</b> The pilot <i>ework</i> program for nurse case managers cut turnover by 55% between 2002