We know telecommuting or remote work is the future. Almost all employers experienced the benefits of remote work during the pandemic. And now, if your workplace does not have remote work, you may be considering a company that does. Remote work is not only great for your work-life balance but it is also the best commute trip reduction strategy because it eliminates the trip completey.
Telecommuting, telework, or remote work is working from home or a remote location and outside of the traditional workplace. Many people have a hybrid schedule where they work remotely 2-4 days per week and are in the physical workplace the rest of their schedule.
Remote work is a great trip reduction option because it saves space on our roads by eliminating trips – many of which are drive-alone trips. Remote work can improve employee job performance and job satisfaction. It also opens up new opportunities for recruiting and retaining employees because of the flexibility it provides.
For employers looking to formalize or improve their telework policies, practices, and agreements, King County Metro and the Washington State Department of Transportation generously provided sample documents for your inspiration!
Some jobs are perfect for remote work like writing, research, editing, drafting, analysis, IT, and customer service or call centers. If you are in one of these roles and do not have remote work options already, talk to your employer.