DC-area teleworkers saving $90, 4 hours a week


A lot more organizations are planning to take advantage of telework this year than last year, and much of the growing interest is at federal agencies. The third annual "Telework Week Report" found that in Washington, D.C. alone, the growth in telework amounts to 392,420 fewer commutes, reports Samuel Greengard at Baseline magazine.

The rising interest in telework corresponds with reports of improved productivity, increased job satisfaction and other positive experiences. The reduction in driving in the D.C. area saved the average teleworker--who was able to skip a 45-minute drive--four hours and $90 every week. What's more, most of these teleworkers are prepared to stay busy with work during snowstorms or other major disruptions to the routine. 16 percent of the respondents surveyed by Telework Week said they will only consider taking a job if there is the option to telework.

Fierce's Take: As a long-time teleworker, I'll attest to the increased productivity and job satisfaction that comes with eliminating the long commute and the overhead fluorescent office lights with their annoying buzz. However, I was talking with a colleague yesterday who opted to change jobs rather than endure another six months of working from his home office because he missed being around people too much. As for innovation, don't worry--it can take place anywhere, anytime. So measure employees by the results they produce, not by their presence in a particular workspace.

For more:
- see Samuel Greengard's article at Baseline

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