Teleworking has been gaining increasingly more attention recently as an efficient way of reducing traffic congestion and all of its negative impacts, while simultaneously improving the quality of life for employees and providing many benefits for employers. If you’re not already familiar with it, teleworking is a work schedule which allows employees to work from home or a satellite office one or more days a week. Everyone benefits—employers, employees and the environment. Here’s a list of some of the top reasons why you and your employer might consider making teleworking a part of your regular work schedule:
· Workforce productivity has been shown to increase.
· The employer realizes operational efficiencies; for example, in sustainability and real estate savings.
· The promise of teleworking as a transportation-related benefit helps employers to attract and retain top talent.
· The decrease in time spent commuting positively impacts the work/life balance for the employee.
· Fewer trips commuting by car means big cost savings both in fuel purchases and vehicle maintenance expenses.
· Fewer cars on the road, even once or twice a week, reduces the amount of air pollutants, including greenhouse gases.
We’re excited to share some upcoming telework events with you and strongly encourage everyone to participate. Here’s how you can get involved:
1) Observe Telework Week, February 14-18. This is a nationwide effort to encourage agencies, organizations and individuals to pledge to telework for the week. Try it out! See how it works for you and your employer and maybe consider making some adjustments to your onsite work schedule. You are guaranteed to discover cost-savings, as well as the stress-reduction associated with commuting. Take the pledge today at www.teleworkexchange.com.
2) Attend the Telework Exchange’s Spring Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. Registration is now open. The event will address management and technology needs for building, implementing, and measuring telework programs. Government leaders will speak about best practices and lessons learned. Previous attendees have included agency executives, program and IT directors and managers, telework coordinators, advisors, industry partners, and affiliated organizations To register, visit www.teleworkexchange.com.