With Telework Week 2013 quickly approaching, it’s a great time to think about implementing or formalizing a telework policy at your workplace! During the week of March 4th-8th, join thousands of other companies and employees who have pledged with the Mobile Work Exchange to telework at least once throughout the week. This initiative is a great opportunity for your organization to try out a new telework program, or consider expanding the number of employees who are able to work from home. Regardless of whether your company has a telework program in place or not, here are five reasons why you should consider participating in this year’s Telework Week.
- Is your company new to teleworking and management is apprehensive about letting employees work from home? Telework Week is a great time to try it out! Create a telework schedule for each department so there will always be people in the office throughout the week. See what employees and managers thought of the program when it’s over, and decide what adjustments could be made to a formal telework policy in the future.
- Even if your company doesn’t have plans to implement telework anytime soon, it’s a good idea to have a policy in place for employees in the event of an emergency or inclement weather. Use Telework Week as an opportunity to make sure your company’s remote capabilities and IT issues are all resolved. When the next snowstorm or hurricane hits, your organization will be prepared and won’t lose any work hours!
- Your employees can save a significant amount of money on commuting costs, especially those who drive to work. According to the American Public Transportation Association, owning a car in DC can cost around $820 a month or nearly $10,000 a year – that’s a lot of money that can be saved by allowing commuters to switch to telework! See how much your employees can save each day or throughout all of Telework Week.
- Studies and research has shown that employees who telework are much happier and have a much higher morale than those who do not. This can help improve employee retention and increase productivity within the company, ultimately improving your organization’s bottom line.
- Allowing employees to telework can help reduce facilities’ costs such as office rent and parking spaces, which can be beneficial especially during company expansions. Starting a telework policy during Telework Week can help your company save money and be prepared financially for the long term.
Remember, it doesn’t have to be Telework Week to start thinking about how your company can start offering a telework program! For more questions on setting up a telework policy or implementing a more formal program for your employees, feel free to contact ATP.