Telework is a great work strategy to reduce commute stress, increase productivity, and decrease operating costs. In fact, there has been an increase in the number of employees choosing to work from their homes at least part-time, in recent years due to the many benefits of teleworking.
What is Telework?
Teleworking is working at an alternative location other than your central work site. We understand that not all jobs are conducive to telework but for those that are, it is worth considering a pilot program. VPN-connectivity, VoIP, web conferencing, and other available technology has made teleworking easy. Managers and employees can both work in perfect harmony from two remote locations.
Advantages of teleworking
- Reduce real estate costs and space
- Decrease employee recruitment and training cost
- Ensure business continuity
- Allow employees to be more productive
- Improve quality of life through increased work/life balance
- Benefit the environment due to reduced or no commutes
Become an Industry Leader
"ARC has embraced teleworking in our organization for a variety of reasons. Telework policies help attract and retain employees, limit the impact of operational disruptions due to inclement weather, and provides flexibility with our workspace needs. Employees benefit by eliminating stressful commutes and by providing a positive work/life balance."
Start a Formal Telework Program
ATP has partnered with Telework!VA to assist companies in establishing and administering a telework program. Telework!VA is an online resource helping businesses start or expand a formal telework program.
Businesses located in Virginia may qualify for tax credits to offset the costs of implementing a telework program. For eligible expenses incurred within the taxable year, businesses may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $1,200 per employee, up to $50,000 in tax credits for the organization.
Get in touch with us to start implementing a telework policy, or download our telework management guide with worksheets and information to consider for teleworking.
Editor's Note: This blog was published in June 2015 and has been republished with new information written by Christy Lee.
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