This week officially marks second annual Telework Week. The event is a global effort 'to encourage agencies, organizations, and individuals to pledge' to telecommute. Marissa Mayer's announcement about the elimination of remote workers at Yahoo has been in the news over the past couple of weeks, however this initiative (and its rapidly growing number of participants) offers a stark contrast to that development. This year over 130,000 workers have pledged to telecommute in observance of Telework Week, up from 71,000 last year.
Further highlighting the emergence of the mobile workforce in the public sector, 90% of the workers pledging this week are federal employees. 80% of those are based in the D.C. metro-area. While it may seem surprising that so many government employees/agencies are buying in, it's clear that they see the far reaching benefits of telecommuting for employees, organizations, and the environment.
"Telework increases employee productivity, reduces traffic congestion, and improves business continuity through incentivizing flexible work arrangements. By participating in Telework Week, individuals and organizations have the opportunity to stress test systems to ensure that in the event of an emergency or inclement weather, operations can continue." – Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA)
Telework Week 2013 Stats:
• 93% of people using a laptop to telecommute
• 3.5 hours saved on average by every employee not commuting to work this week
• 75 dollars saved on average by every worker
• 489,000 gallons of gas spared by workers not commuting
• 15,651,821 pounds of pollution not emitted by employees staying at home this week