What is Telework?

Telework is a work arrangement that allows an employee to perform work, during any part of regular, paid hours, at an approved alternative worksite (e.g., home, telework center).  It is an important tool for achieving a resilient and results-oriented workforce.  At its core, telework is people doing their work at locations different from where they would normally be doing it.  This makes sense when you consider that ‘tele’ comes from the Greek word meaning “from a distance” – when combined with work it means “work from a distance.”

Emissions from traffic play an important role in both air pollution and climate change. The number of cars on U.S. roads has grown twice as fast as the U.S. population. Commuting accounts for about a quarter of miles driven annually in the United States. In most states, drivers make three-fourths of these trips to and from work alone in a vehicle. In addition to stress, lost productivity, and traffic congestion, commuting also results in emissions that change the climate and pollute the air. The average Kentuckiana commuter spends 23 minutes in traffic commuting to and from the office.  Employees time & reduce stress by teleworking, and employers benefit through higher productivity and employee retention.

Every Commute Counts can assist employers navigate telework options and practices to ensure productivity & performance.  Contact us for information by emailing us at info@everycommutecounts.org or call us at 502.267.5400 ext. 101 or 502.267.5400 ext. 104.

6 benefits to telework

Saves Money

Employees spend less on their transportation expenses (gas, insurance & vehicle maintenance), professional wardrobe and eating out.

The Environment

With fewer cars on the highways, the safer and healthier the environment is for us all. Employers can feel good about doing their part to help our air quality.

Increases Productivity

With the right tools and flexible schedule, employees can work anytime, anywhere, without the distractions of the office, which allows employees to be more focused and 22% more productive.

Reduces Traffic Congestion

By allowing employees to work without commuting to the office, companies can help reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and create a flexible work/life workplace.

Tax Credit

Your company could be eligible for tax credits. Check with your tax professional to determine if your company is eligible.

Employee Retention

According to the International Telework Association and Council, on average, teleworking yields a 20% decrease in employee turnover.

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