BlueCross eyes more telecommuting

BlueCross eyes more telecommuting

April 2nd, 2009 by Mike Pare in Local - Breaking News

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

Staff Photo by Margaret Fenton -- BlueCross BlueShield...

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 years.

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 employees."

For full coverage, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press