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Teleworking, or working from home or another location, is a voluntary
work alternative that is increasingly popular for employees and
employers. About 30 million people in the United States telework, which
means they work away from the office at least some of the time, usually
one to three days a week.
Employees who telework need a computer, Internet access, phone and an environment conducive to accomplishing their work with minimal distractions. Teleworking part-time often is best to allow employees to remain engaged with the larger group.
Employees can enjoy skipping the commute and can be more efficient; employers can benefit from this greater productivity and from reduced overhead costs.
511NY Rideshare can help you establish a telework program for your employees. To get started, call 511 and say, “Rideshare.”
Here are ways to help employers and employees establish successful, mutually beneficial teleworking situations:
A compressed work schedule allows an employee to work normal workweek hours in fewer days. That means a full-time employee, who is required to work 80 hours every two weeks, is allowed to work those hours in less than 10 days. This arrangement results in fewer commuting trips.
Flextime allows employees to start work earlier or later with a corresponding ending time to avoid driving during peak hours. In most situations, employers expect employees to work during predetermined “core hours” of the day, such as between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Flextime allows employees to find a better balance between their professional and personal responsibilities and commitments.