telework

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Teleworking is a convenient solution that enables employees to work from home or a remote location one or more days per week. It’s a win-win for employers and employees, reducing commute costs, lowering parking demand, and helping the environment. Telework has proven benefits to employees and employers.

Employee and employer benefits. Companies have found that a telework program is good for their bottom line. A recent study of San Diego based companies with telework programs found that productivity increased by more than 20 percent, employee morale improved, and telework programs provided a competitive edge by helping to attract and retain talented employees.

Cost savings. San Diego-based workplace research firm, Global Workplace Analytics, estimates the average business can save $10,000 per year per telework employee, while the average employee can save between $2,000 and $7,000 per year working from home.

By logging the days they telework, employees can see their gas and emissions savings add up as a result of not driving to work. Visit the TripTracker page for more information.

Case study. Sharp HealthCare has more than 16,000 employees. In order to reduce costs for its patients and contribute to workplace quality-of-life, they offer employees the option to telework. Through their telework program, in 2015 Sharp HealthCare was able to:

  • Save 290 desk spaces weekly
  • Save 75,126 hours of commute time for their telework employees
  • Reduce vehicle miles traveled on area roadways by more than 2.2 million
  • Reduce CO2 emissions by more than 1,000 metric tons

Read more about Sharp HealthCare’s Telework successes.

Telework resources. iCommute can help you implement a telework program at your worksite.  We have developed an employer toolkit that includes a sample policy, an employee agreement, and guidelines to get started. 

For more information about telework or our employer program, call 511 and say “iCommute” or email iCommute@sandag.org.

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