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BELL ATLANTIC OFFERS 16,000 MANAGERS OPTION OF WORKING FROM HOME

BELL ATLANTIC OFFERS 16,000 MANAGERS OPTION OF WORKING FROM HOME
 ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Management employees of Bell Atlantic's local telephone companies can now go home -- to work.
 After more than 18 months of pilot programs involving more than 100 employees, the Bell Atlantic network Services Group, comprised of the Bell Atlantic phone companies and Network Services Inc. (NSI), have experience first hand the benefits of working away from the office, or telecommuting.
 "Along with improvements in morale, job satisfaction and quality of personal and family life, we have seen dramatic increases in employee productivity," said Larry Barrett, Bell Atlantic director of telecommmuting and home-based business markets.
 "Clients ask me when I'll be telecommuting so they can call me to discuss projects," said Jane Farthing, Bell Atlantic director of advertising. "They know they'll be able to reach me rather than my voice mail and that they'll receive my undivided attention."
 Cathy Stanley, Bell Atlantic manager of cross markets for business market management, said: "Telecommuting allows me to start working shortly after I get up -- I don't waste any time tied up in traffic or getting frustrated about it. Now I can start work at 6:30, take a break a few hours later to take my daughter to day care and get back to work a short time later. The end result is I'm more productive and focused for the company, my daughter spends less time in day care and I'm happier at work."
 "We've also seen impacts elsewhere in our businesses, such as medical benefit costs," said Barrett. "In one case, a medical leave of absence was reduced from five weeks to four days, thanks to the fact that telecommuting was available for that particular employee."
 Bell Atlantic NSI launched a six-month telecommuting pilot program in February 1991 to measure the success of alternative work arrangements for employees and their supervisors and to evaluate the impact on work productivity. It also allowed Bell Atlantic to gather concrete data and experience regarding the use of its local telephone companies' advanced network services in a telecommuting environment.
 In February 1992, Bell Atlantic NSI began a second pilot program, which concluded in July. This second effort evaluated the impacts of telecommuting on communications, productivity and the environment resulting from a larger base of employees participating throughout an extended geographic area.
 "As a result of our two-phased pilot program, we found many of our products and services could simulate the office environment and help telecommuters make their absence from their offices transparent to clients," said Barrett. "Clients couldn't tell if the telecommuter was in the office or at home. What was important was that they received high quality service."
 Most telecommuters used a second phone line, voice mail at work and Answer Call (a voice messaging service) at home, electronic mail, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, Three-Way Calling and Bell Atlantic FeatureFAX services (network-based services that allow fax machines to send a single fax to multiple locations and store transmissions on computer).
 Bell Atlantic NSI and the local telephone companies have made the telecommuting option available to more than 16,000 managers. Details on eligibility as well as information on developing a telecommuting schedule are provided in a package distributed to interested employees.
 Telecommuting is just one of the alternate work arrangements the Network Services Group offers employees to help them balance responsibilites for their work and families. Other arrangements currently offered include job sharing, flexitime and part-time opportunities.
 Bell Atlantic Network Services Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL), which is based in Philadelphia. Bell Atlantic Corporation is also the parent company of New Jersey Bell, Bell of Pennsylvania, Diamond State Telephone (Delaware), and the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Companies of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington.
 In addition, Bell Atlantic Corporation is the parent of one of the nation's largest cellular carriers and of companies that provide business systems services for customer-based information technology, including software, systems integration, hardware and software service and support, and financial services, throughout the United States and internationally. In addition, Bell Atlantic International offers network services and consulting to telephone authorities throughout the world, and, in conjunction with Ameritech, owns a majority interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand.
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 /NOTE: Bell Atlantic is a registered tradmark; FeatureFAX is a service mark./
 /CONTACT: Terri Ferguson of Bell Atlantic, 703-974-5455/
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