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Telework for Employers

Teleworking, sometimes known as telecommuting, is the practice of working from home instead of traveling to a centralized workplace, office, or other facility.

This practice completely eliminates commuting on days when it occurs. Some employers offer teleworking full time, while others do so on a part-time basis. OCTA is committed to removing cars from the road and teleworking helps achieve the organizational goal of reducing vehicle miles traveled.

Benefits

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    Improve South Coast AQMD Compliance

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    Decrease Company’s Carbon Footprint

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    Improve Employee Morale and Productivity

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    Save Money

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    Decrease Employee Attrition

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Improve South Coast AQMD Compliance – Companies with 250+ employees regulated by Rule 2202 can add teleworking as a strategy to enhance their rideshare plan by improving their AVR score.

Decrease Company’s Carbon Footprint – Telework reduces all emissions associated with employee commutes.

Improve Employee Morale and Productivity – Eliminating commutes reduces stress, often resulting in happier, better-rested employees with higher productivity and employee morale.

Save Money – An employer can save an average of $11,000 per year per half-time teleworker according to a report provided to Congress by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

Decrease Employee Attrition – Companies can sometimes retain workers with difficult commutes by eliminating the commute altogether.

Tips For Success

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    Establish or Update Formal Policies

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    Follow All Labor Laws

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    Implement Calls for Team Building

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    Ask Employees for Feedback

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    Manage by Results

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Establish or Update Formal Policies – Make sure employees are aware of rules and expectations with a formal work-from-home policy.

Follow All Labor Laws – All laws pertaining to breaks are still necessary for nonexempt workers.

Implement Calls for Team Building – Consider a weekly conference call to foster a sense of community and connectivity.

Ask Employees for Feedback – Share the pros and cons to optimize the experience of team members and shape policy decisions.

Manage by Results – Focusing on tangible results, rather than time and attendance can be beneficial and prevent micromanaging.

Telework Assistance Program

OCTA's Telework Assistance Program, a pilot program for Orange County employers interested in developing, enhancing or formalizing their long-term telework or remote work initiatives is coming soon. Please email sharetheride@octa.net if you’re interested.

How-to Guides for Employers

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Use these resources to help develop policies and procedures for teleworking. Work with your HR and IT teams to supplement and customize information for your organization.

Resources

For more information about telework or our employer program, email sharetheride@octa.net.

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