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.
Free Telework Assistance Program Resources
Free Telework Training Session
Other resources include a recording of our recent webinar featuring telework best practices, survey results highlighting commute trends within the county and telework guides for commuters and employers:
Improve Employee Morale and Productivity – Eliminating commutes reduces stress, often resulting in happier, better-rested employees with higher productivity and employee morale.
Decrease Employee Attrition – Companies can sometimes retain workers with difficult commutes by eliminating the commute altogether.
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.
Tips for Success
Implement Calls for Team Building – Consider a weekly conference call to foster a sense of community and connectivity.
Manage by Results – Focusing on tangible results, rather than time and attendance can be beneficial and prevent micromanaging.
Ask Employees for Feedback – Share the pros and cons to optimize the experience of team members and shape policy decisions.
How-to Guides for Employers
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.
Gallup: How to keep remote worker wellbeing high
Harvard Business Review: A guide to managing your (newly) remote workers
CAROO: 25 Tips to Promote Employee Well-Being in the Workplace
Robert Half: 5 ways to effectively manage a team of telecommuters
Virginia.gov: Guidelines for managing by results
Today.com: Can 'windowed work' help ease the stress of working from home?
Thrive Global: 5 remote work project management challenges and how to fix them
Entrepreneur: 3 ways strong leaders can support work-from-home employees
HR Drive: How 'windowed work' and telework support belonging
San Diego Union Tribune: Are American’s actually more productive working from home?
San Diego Union Tribune: Old-fashioned thinking doesn't stand a remote chance anymore
Brookings: Telecommuting will likely continue long after the pandemic
McKinsey Digital: From surviving to thriving: Reimagining the post-COVID-19 return