'Telework Day' Urged for Cost, Energy Savings

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Telework advocates working with the Commonwealth of Virginia hope to encourage people across the country to work from home or another remote location on Monday, August 3, 2009, in an effort to support green efforts and take the strain off the transportation infrastructure.

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Telework Day, according to Telework Exchange, is a joint project by the organization, Telework!VA and Virginia government officials to galvanize the state's work around green initiatives, designed to both help the environment and reduce costs. The campaign to establish a designated day for telecommuting builds on Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine's June 2009 executive order to reduce energy consumption and increase efficiencies at branch agencies and institutions. The state government hopes Telework Day will prompt private employers to also offer telework programs to their employees.

"Telework allows employees to conduct work away from their primary workplace in the case of an emergency or natural disaster. We encourage organizations to 'stress test' their business continuity plan and infrastructure during Telework Day," said Karen Jackson, Deputy Secretary of Technology, Commonwealth of Virginia, in a press statement.

Not only can telework help companies green their processes, but it can also pay off in productivity savings. For instance, Cisco recently reported it was able to save some $277 million in employee productivity costs alone by sending employees home to work.

"Telework Day is an important opportunity to advocate telework as a business strategy that can have a positive impact on the bottom line and improve organization efficiency," said Jennifer Thomas Alcott, program manager for Telework!VA. "Telework is one of the most effective ways for people to greatly reduce their work-related carbon footprint and demonstrate that 'work is something you do, not a place you go.'”

Telework Day advocates are encouraging individuals, organizations and businesses to support the effort here.

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