Telework is generally considered a voluntary work arrangement that allows employees to work at home, or other approved alternate worksite, during normal business hours. Teleworking is an effective business tool, provides greater flexibility and lower stress for employees, and helps to improve the environment by reducing traffic congestion and air pollution. The advantages of teleworking make it a win-win-win situation for all concerned.*
If there is not one, suggest starting a pilot and identify a few employees who are interested. Studies have shown that only 30-40% of employees are interested in teleworking and believe that parts of their job are suitable for remote work. This toolkit, created by the County of San Mateo, has a detailed step-by-step plan you can follow to set up a pilot program.
Employees will need a computer and Internet access at a minimum. The above mentioned toolkit has a detailed step-by-step plan you can follow to set up a pilot program. It includes options to research for technology, details on how businesses benefit from employees teleworking, case studies to review, and information about policies to consider.
Remember, it does not have to be a fulltime telework schedule. Employees can work just one day off site, or two or three, and still get the benefits in work/life balance, cost savings and reduced traffic congestion and emissions.
1. If you have not already, download this teleworking toolkit. Besides the resources mentioned above it has tips for employees and supervisors making this transition as well as sample agreement forms and evaluation tools.
2. Read this paper specifically about quantifing the benefits workshifting — specifically working from home — has for employers, employees, and the community.
3. Watch this teleworking webinar hosted by the Spare the Air Employer Program and featuring telework consultant Elham Shirazi.
* Information on this page is based on the Telework and Flex-Schedules Tooklit produced in 2014 by Connect, Redwood City! In partnership with the Department of Sustainability of San Mateo County and Metropolitan Transit Commission.