Establish a written policy, including a signed agreement between employer and employee clearly outlining the rules, guidelines and requirements for participation. Work schedules may need to be coordinated to ensure adequate department and office coverage.
Provide training for managers and employees to assist with managing productivity and maintaining communications with management, co-workers and customers while telecommuting.
Provide financial incentives to employees to set-up home offices.
Provide capability for employees to access employer networks from remote locations while telecommuting.
Encourage participation through email notification and newsletters. Educate employers and employees on the health and environmental benefits of reducing mobile source emissions.
- The Telework Research Network has put together several white papers and research studies related to the benefits of telecommuting and alternate work schedules.
- Telework.gov has useful hints on the benefits of telecommuting provided by The U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
- The Connecticut Department of Transportation website provides a comprehensive toolkit for the design and implementation of successful telecommuting programs.
- DHEC has developed Take a Break from the Exhaust (TABFTE) This program is a free software tool that companies can provide their employees to monitor and calculate their daily routines based on commute behaviors.
For more information please contact the Bureau of Air Quality at (803) 898-4123 or by email.