Georgia Telework Week Asks Employers, Employees to Reboot Their Commute

When it comes to having a more productive workday and saving money, the best commute is the one that employees don't have to make.  That's the idea behind the second-annual Georgia Telework Week, which takes place September 12-16, 2011. 

Governor signs 2011 Georgia Telework Week proclamation. 

From L-R: Mark Telling, The Clean Air Campaign; Mini Smith, Delta Air Lines; Melissa Levine, Vocalocity; Governor Nathan Deal; Jennifer Kennington, State Personnel Administration; Angie Ballard, State Personnel Administration; Allison Tanner, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Mike Williams, The Clean Air Campaign.

The week is a celebration of the success of the Georgia employers who embrace telework as a business strategy.  It's also a call to action for those employers who remain on the fence about establishing a telework program. 

There are lots of ways employers can take part in Georgia Telework Week, but here are the three biggest opportunities:

1.  Simply show support for the concept of telework as a strategy that makes business sense.  Last year, some 150 Georgia employers indicated their support.  Organizations that sign up will be recognized on The Clean Air Campaign website and in a special print ad to be published later in September in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.  Want to become an employer of choice?  Get on the list of organizations supporting Georgia Telework Week.

2.  RSVP to attend the first-ever Georgia Telework Summit on Thursday, September 15, 2011, featuring panelists and presenters from Coca-Cola Refreshments, UPS, Assurant, Vocalocity, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Georgia Department of Corrections and other organizations that are finding success with telework.  There is no cost to attend.  Whether you have a program in place or are seeking to establish a new program, you'll walk away with ideas you can fold into your operational strategy.

3.  Request a meeting with The Clean Air Campaign's nationally-acclaimed telework team to help start or expand telework at your organization.  The Clean Air Campaign has worked at no cost with more than 250 Georgia employers, providing consulting support, assessment, policy templates, training and evaluation services.  

Commuters can get in on the act, too. 
If you are a teleworker, tell us what telework has done to improve your commute.  Commuter Rewards participants can also log their telework days the week of September 12-16 for the chance to win additional $25 prizes.  And if you're one of the 245,000 Atlanta commuters who believes your job function would be appropriate for telework but hasn't yet received the green light from your boss, we can help you make the case. 

Across the state, the lines continue to blur between work and home, thanks to abundant broadband access and the realization that it's not about where work gets done ... it's about getting work done.  More than 600,000 Georgia commuters are teleworking at least occasionally, up 20% since 2007.  How much longer will others be content to hop in the car and drive from their home computer to their work computer?


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