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Eliminate the commute by working remotely.

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. 

What is telecommuting or remote work?

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.

What are the benefits of remote work?

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.

What is a standard remote work policy?

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!


Tips & Tricks

  • Wear your work clothes to help you get into the work environment mindset.
  • Be clear about your working hours.
  • Create a designated workspace to limit distractions and so your job doesn’t intrude into the lives of other members of your household.
  • Noisy at home? Purchase noise canceling headphones or earbuds.
  • Don’t forget to take lunch away from your workspace.
  • Take time to move around, stretch, or have impromptu dance parties to get some steps and reduce your stress!
  • Have neck or back pain? Check out the resources below for creating a more ergonomic work from home space.


Typical Remote Work Jobs

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. 


Even post-pandemic, employers can be hesitant to allowing remote work. Outline your goals and expectations for telecommuting with your supervisor and make sure to establish an effective method of communication. Setting clear expectations with open communication will set you up for success.

Remember: Remote work is not a substitute for childcare or catching up on chores.