Telecommute or work flextime
Also known as telecommuting, means using information technology and telecommunications to replace work-related travel. Simply put, it means working at home or closer to home. With teleworking, employees work at home or perhaps at a local telework center or an employer’s satellite office during an entire work day instead of traveling to their regular work place. Communication is accomplished by phone, e-mail fax, modem, and teleconferencing. Regionally, more than 450,000 workers are going to work simply by picking up the phone or turning on their computers.
This workplace alternative pays real dividends for area businesses and their employees, while reducing traffic congestion and air pollution, increasing the area’s economic vitality, and bolstering overall quality of life.
Teleworkbaltimore.com is coming! More and more businesses are realizing bottom-line benefits from structured telework programs. The Baltimore Metropolitan Council and the Maryland Department of Transportation want to help your organization reap the benefits of teleworking at no cost to you. Teleworkbaltimore.com will be the region’s one-stop shop for teleworking materials and information. Everything an employer would possibly need to set up a program, materials such sample policies, teleworker/employer agreements, teleworker assessments, workplace safety checklists, and etc., will be available free of charge.
Flextime and a compressed work week are options which reduce congestion and improve our quality of life. Employers that offer flextime permit their workers to adjust their arrival and departure times so they can carpool or avoid peak commute times. A compressed schedule (example: 40 hours in 4 days) decreases the number of days people have to drive to work. Commuter Connections can advise you on the best way to implement one of these valuable programs.