WSDOT created many of the materials below for its employee Telework Program and the pilot program that preceded. They provide useful tools and examples for other employers interested in starting their own telework program.
Telework helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and saves rush-hour road space. Working from home or a nearby satellite office can boost employee performance and job satisfaction, and it helps employers recruit and retain employees.
These days technology makes it easy to carry your desk with you, which begs the question: Why spend an hour or more every day traveling back and forth to the office?
Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson recently issued an executive order that sets guidelines and expectations for WSDOT's new employee Telework Program. It is designed to work as a management tool to make telework an option for workers in eligible positions. Teleworking saves time, cuts fuel emissions and heightens productivity. It’s bringing home the idea of workplace efficiency.
"For the right employee with the right kind of work, telework offers a surprising range of benefits," said Brooke Hamilton, who managed WSDOT’s successful telework pilot. “What we’re finding is much like what other private and public employers across the country already know – a well-designed and thoughtfully managed program saves time and money for workers and employers; it creates a more satisfied and efficient workforce; it supports continued operations during major emergencies, such as a storm or earthquake; and it reduces transportation emissions.”