It's a New Year! Consider New Commute Possibilities

      February 15, 2021

      This new year brings a welcomed spirit of new beginnings and the perfect opportunity to rethink your commute. Will you be returning to the office full-time or a few days a week? Have you considered resuming your pre-pandemic commute? Are you exploring other travel options for getting to work? You should ask yourself these questions, among others, when considering the commute that best meets your needs....

      Your telework insights, our telework tips

      February 01, 2021

      As the District reopens, many businesses are developing plans to prepare for employees to return to the office. To help us better understand employer needs we  conducted a telework survey in the fall of 2020 to enable us to support organizations with solutions and recommendations to effectively make this transition.  ...

      5 Tactics to increase participation in your telework program

      February 01, 2021

      A common trend we hear from DC organizations with telework programs is a lack of participation, having less than 20% of employees working remotely. To help DC employers increase participation in their telework program, we’ve compiled a few tips below....

      goDCgo's Top Telework Tools

      January 29, 2021

      Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, telework has become a popular solution that allows employees to stay safe at home while maintaining business productivity and operations. This type of arrangement allows you to skip the commute to work entirely from home or another alternative worksite. To create an environment that is conducive to productive work, you'll need more than a desktop computer or laptop in order to perform your duties comfortably and efficiently. For the ultimate, ergonomically-friendly space, check out the goDCgo team's favorite telework tools below. ...

      Benefits of a Formal Telework Policy

      December 17, 2020

      With the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many employers were quick to adapt to maintain business continuity by allowing employees to telework on a part- or full-time basis. Organizations that had formal telework policies in place pre-pandemic experienced a pretty smooth transition, while those with no policy or informal policies faced greater operational challenges. Creating a formal telework policy is a great way to keep issues from arising and to offer guidance to managers on how to handle issues when they do arise.   What Is a Formal Telework Policy? A formal telework policy is a document that clearly lays out the details about teleworking, including when and for how long employees can telework and guidance for situations that emerge when working remotely. Informal policies are when managers allow telework based on their discretion and typically on a case-by-case basis. With an informal policy, there is no company-wide protocol or guidance.   Why Should You Create a Formal Policy? Informal policies are subjective and can seem unfair. When a manager decides one employee is allowed to telework and another isn’t, it can cause confusion, lead to rumors of favoritism, and create animosity in the workplace. More importantly, it creates a looming uncertainty for those who have not been deemed eligible to participate.   By taking the time to write down a policy that outlines specific guidance, related policies, and procedures employers create clarity and transparency. But it’s not just the teleworking employees who benefit; a written telework policy provides guidance to managers and supports the organization and its business continuity in emergency situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic. With a written policy that addresses common telework issues, managers can also feel confident letting their employees telework since they know what should and will be done if an employee abuses the independence of working remotely.   Items Commonly Addressed in Formal Telework Policies...

      Be Prepared: Include Transportation in Your Emergency Plan

      November 04, 2020

      Is your workforce prepared for natural disasters like flooding, hurricanes, and earthquakes; extreme heat or cold; snow or ice storms; or pandemics like the coronavirus (COVID-19)? The public health emergency requires new levels of preparedness to stay safe, even while workers are spending more time at home. Knowing what to expect ahead of time—and what’s expected of you—goes a long way toward protecting your business and keeping employees safe. Due to COVID-19, many organizations had to quickly adapt and allow employees to start teleworking without a formal policy in place. In fact, a growing number of employers plan to continue allowing employees to telework for the foreseeable future. Working from home may be the "new normal" moving forward. To help you better adjust, goDCgo provides complimentary assistance in developing a formal telework policy for your company as well as guidance on developing an effective transportation program for employees. ...

      Congratulations Winners & Participants of the 2020 Commuter Challenge!

      October 09, 2020

      Thank you and congratulations to all our employers and commuters who participated in the goDCgo Commuter Challenge! Participating organizations included American College of Cardiology, the American Transportation Association, Ballard Spahr LLP, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), So Others Might Eat (SOME), Virtual Enterprise Architects, and Washington Gas. We hope everyone enjoyed the competition and was inspired to turn this challenge into a forever lifestyle....

      How to Create a Comfortable Workspace

      July 27, 2020

      Since we're spending so much time working from home, it's important that your workspace is comfortable so that you can feel your best and maintain productivity. The efficiency of your work environment, or ergonomics, plays a major role in how you get work done. In other words, create a workspace that meets your needs....

      Adapting Apartment Amenities for the "New Normal"

      June 10, 2020

      Now that Washington, DC has entered a phased reopening, it's important that you consider how to accommodate your residents by adapting your amenities to support those who will work remotely more frequently. While more people retreat to work from home, we expect a rise in demand for onsite building amenities, like a gym, pool, or telework space, as a reprieve from the confines of the apartment and daily routine. Residents may also place a higher value in amenities like strong shared WiFi connections, complimentary printing and video conferencing capabilities, as well as information on sustainable transportation options near the property that allow safe social distancing....

      Commuter Solutions for Your Return to Work Plan

      May 21, 2020

      With certain states and municipalities beginning to lift stay-at-home orders, it’s important to create a Return to Work Plan to ensure you have commuter programs and policies in place that accommodate the interest of your organization and its employees. As we continue to adapt to the “new normal,” goDCgo employer services recommends putting in place a variety of commuter benefit options that help your employees feel safe and confident as they commute to and from the office, or when working remotely....

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