Better Work Through Telework


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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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March 4, 2003

 

Better Work Through Telework

The Washington Area Conference on Telework (WACOT), “Better Work Through Telework: Increasing Profitability and Productivity in Today’s Business Environment,” will be held on Thursday, March 27, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Holiday Inn in Silver Spring, Md. The cost is $50 per person and registration is required by March 20. Registration and contact information is available at www.dctelecommute.org. This is the third WACOT conference, the first of which was held in Fairfax County in October 2000 and attracted approximately 500 business and government leaders to the Government Center.

Fairfax County is a leader in the telework concept with more telework participants than other local governments in the region and more than some private sector employers.

In January 1994, the Board of Supervisors directed county staff to study the feasibility of telework for county employees. The result was a one-year pilot program, from 1995 to 1996, with 50 employees from 14 county departments. During that year, those teleworkers saved a total of 180,000 commuting miles and 6,000 commuting hours. Currently, almost 400 county employees telework an average of two to four days a month. An expansion plan is underway to raise that number to 1,000 by 2005. Telework expansion reflects the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ support of the regional goal set by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to reach a level of 20 percent of the eligible workforce teleworking one day a week or more by the year 2005.

The county has also created a teleworking center at the South County Center, located at 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, where county employees can schedule a workspace that is equipped with an individual phone and a computer connected to the Fairfax County network and access to a printer, fax machine, copier and general office supplies.

Telework is regular work done away from the usual worksite—such as from home or another location—during the employee’s normal work hours and on a regular basis. According to an estimate from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), if 10 percent of the nation’s workforce teleworked one day a week, Americans would avoid the frustration of driving 24.4 million miles, breathe air with 12,963 tons less air pollution and conserve more than 1.2 million gallons of fuel each week.

For more on Fairfax County’s telework program, contact Carol Stuart Goldberg, Telework Program Manager, at 703-324-2862, TTY 711 (Virginia Relay Center) or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/telework/default.htm.

 

 


 

 

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