Telecommute Overview

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  • Telecommute

  • What is it?

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

    This work-from-home trend is gaining popularity and completely eliminates commuting on days when it occurs. Some employers offer telecommuting to workers full time, while others do so on a part-time basis.

  • Telecommuter / Employee Benefits

    Telecommuting eliminates the cost and stress of traditional commuting. You can:

    • Save Money – All financial costs associated with a commute will be eliminated including money spent on fuel, vehicle maintenance, intangible vehicle depreciation and/or any costs associated with transit. Vehicle insurance premiums can also be greatly reduced by notifying your insurance company that the miles traveled monthly have decreased significantly.
    • Regain Usable Time in Your Day – Roundtrip commutes of those in Orange County are routinely one to two hours or more per day. Reclaim this time by commuting several steps to your home office and use the time for one of the many things you didn’t have time for before!
    • Decrease Stress – The rigors of stop-and-go traffic are very taxing on the mind and eliminating them can help reduce stress.
    • Reduce Carbon Footprint – Telecommuting reduces any negative impact on the environment because there are no emissions!

    Employer Benefits

    Employers who allow their employees to telecommute even part time can enjoy many benefits for their organization. They can:

    • Improve South Coast AQMD Compliance – Companies with 250 or more employees regulated by Rule 2202 who have a rideshare program in place can add telecommuting as a strategy to enhance their plan. In addition, companies that conduct an AVR survey can experience increases in score due to telecommuting and therefore sometimes reduce fees or have their plan approved without incident when an improvement in score is mandated for plan approval.
    • Decrease Company’s Carbon Footprint – Businesses looking to be more environmentally sustainable can reduce their carbon footprint by reducing all emissions associated with employee commutes when they telecommute.
    • Improve Employee Morale – Employees who work from home are often happier, more well-rested and less stressed due to the elimination of their commute. This positive attitude can lead to higher productivity and employee retention.
    • Save Money – An employer can save an average of $11,000 per year per half-time telecommuter per year according to a report provided to Congress by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. This considers savings in terms of increased productivity, reduced real estate costs and decreases in absenteeism and turnover.

    Telecommuter / Employee Tips

    While telecommuting has many benefits, it can be challenging for those who have never done it before or who benefit from the structure of a traditional workplace. Here are some tips to optimize productivity while working from home.

    • Maintain Your Morning Routine – Many feel that it is important to take a shower, get dressed and eat a healthy breakfast before they begin their day working from home as they would when going into the office rather than staying in pajamas all day.
    • Plan Out Your Day – While the meetings and structure of traditional workplace can keep many on track, working from home can seem challenging. It is important to prioritize and set up your day for success from the outset.
    • Carve Out Office Space – Even if you don’t have a room available to serve as an office, dedicating a particular corner of your living room with a desk and chair can have its advantages over sitting on your couch or working from your dining room table.
    • Set Up Expectations with Family Members – Those who live with others who will be home while they are working may want to have a conversation with their housemates to make them aware of their need to have peace and quiet during the workday.

    Employer Tips

    Employers can enjoy excellent productivity from remote workers but need to be sure they are prepared to lead their team with policies, procedures and mechanisms for fostering teamwork.

    • Establish or Update Formal Policies – A formalized work from home policy is necessary to make sure employees are aware of rules and expectations.
    • Follow All Labor Laws – All laws pertaining to breaks are still necessary to be upheld for nonexempt workers.
    • Implement Calls for Team Building – Many companies conduct a weekly conference call to foster a sense of community and make sure the team stays connected.
    • Ask Employees for Feedback – It never hurts to ask employees what is working for them and what isn’t so that information can be shared to optimize the experience of team members and shape policy decisions.
    Benefits

    Telecommuter / Employee Benefits

    Telecommuting eliminates the cost and stress of traditional commuting. You can:

    • Save Money – All financial costs associated with a commute will be eliminated including money spent on fuel, vehicle maintenance, intangible vehicle depreciation and/or any costs associated with transit. Vehicle insurance premiums can also be greatly reduced by notifying your insurance company that the miles traveled monthly have decreased significantly.
    • Regain Usable Time in Your Day – Roundtrip commutes of those in Orange County are routinely one to two hours or more per day. Reclaim this time by commuting several steps to your home office and use the time for one of the many things you didn’t have time for before!
    • Decrease Stress – The rigors of stop-and-go traffic are very taxing on the mind and eliminating them can help reduce stress.
    • Reduce Carbon Footprint – Telecommuting reduces any negative impact on the environment because there are no emissions!

    Employer Benefits

    Employers who allow their employees to telecommute even part time can enjoy many benefits for their organization. They can:

    • Improve South Coast AQMD Compliance – Companies with 250 or more employees regulated by Rule 2202 who have a rideshare program in place can add telecommuting as a strategy to enhance their plan. In addition, companies that conduct an AVR survey can experience increases in score due to telecommuting and therefore sometimes reduce fees or have their plan approved without incident when an improvement in score is mandated for plan approval.
    • Decrease Company’s Carbon Footprint – Businesses looking to be more environmentally sustainable can reduce their carbon footprint by reducing all emissions associated with employee commutes when they telecommute.
    • Improve Employee Morale – Employees who work from home are often happier, more well-rested and less stressed due to the elimination of their commute. This positive attitude can lead to higher productivity and employee retention.
    • Save Money – An employer can save an average of $11,000 per year per half-time telecommuter per year according to a report provided to Congress by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. This considers savings in terms of increased productivity, reduced real estate costs and decreases in absenteeism and turnover.
    Tips for Success

    Telecommuter / Employee Tips

    While telecommuting has many benefits, it can be challenging for those who have never done it before or who benefit from the structure of a traditional workplace. Here are some tips to optimize productivity while working from home.

    • Maintain Your Morning Routine – Many feel that it is important to take a shower, get dressed and eat a healthy breakfast before they begin their day working from home as they would when going into the office rather than staying in pajamas all day.
    • Plan Out Your Day – While the meetings and structure of traditional workplace can keep many on track, working from home can seem challenging. It is important to prioritize and set up your day for success from the outset.
    • Carve Out Office Space – Even if you don’t have a room available to serve as an office, dedicating a particular corner of your living room with a desk and chair can have its advantages over sitting on your couch or working from your dining room table.
    • Set Up Expectations with Family Members – Those who live with others who will be home while they are working may want to have a conversation with their housemates to make them aware of their need to have peace and quiet during the workday.

    Employer Tips

    Employers can enjoy excellent productivity from remote workers but need to be sure they are prepared to lead their team with policies, procedures and mechanisms for fostering teamwork.

    • Establish or Update Formal Policies – A formalized work from home policy is necessary to make sure employees are aware of rules and expectations.
    • Follow All Labor Laws – All laws pertaining to breaks are still necessary to be upheld for nonexempt workers.
    • Implement Calls for Team Building – Many companies conduct a weekly conference call to foster a sense of community and make sure the team stays connected.
    • Ask Employees for Feedback – It never hurts to ask employees what is working for them and what isn’t so that information can be shared to optimize the experience of team members and shape policy decisions.
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