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Georgia Telework Week starts Monday
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August 15, 2012 03:56 PM | 1525 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With transportation a hot topic following the July 31 T-SPLOST vote, the Clean Air Campaign and Gov. Nathan Deal are calling on employers and commuters to support the third annual Georgia Telework Week, Monday through Aug. 24.

During this week, the Clean Air Campaign is asking commuters and employers to visit, learn about the numerous benefits of this business strategy, and show their support. The organization is also encouraging employers to take advantage of its free consulting services and resources.

A special Telework Summit Aug. 22 will provide insight and guidance for employers looking to implement a telework program or build on the success of their current efforts. The event features panelists from ADP, Ista, Assurant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Administrative Services. It is tailored to both private- and public-sector employers and will take place at the Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland St. in downtown Atlanta.

“Teleworking makes employees happy. Happy employees are motivated to go the extra mile, which makes for happy clients. It’s a simple equation,” said Mac Peden, senior vice president at ADP. “In addition to reducing commute times and costs for our associates, having a telework program in place also allows us to leverage savings on real estate expenses because we no longer need as much office space. We are pleased to join with the Clean Air Campaign to celebrate the third annual Georgia Telework Week.”

With more than half of smog-forming emissions coming from the tailpipes of cars in several metro areas in Georgia, telework helps to improve air quality by reducing vehicle miles on the road and pollution in the air. In metro Atlanta, for instance, about 336,000 commuters telework at least once a week, eliminating some 12 million miles of vehicle travel from the roads and 6,000 tons of pollution from the air.

The Clean Air Campaign has been a national leader in its innovative approach to telework since launching its Telework Leadership Initiative in 2003. Since then, the nonprofit has helped more than 250 Georgia employers start or expand telework programs.

“Georgia is unquestionably one of the leading states in the nation when it comes to empowering employees to work from home,” said Tedra Cheatham, executive director for the Clean Air Campaign. “Even though the region’s employers are leading the telework charge nationally, there’s still more opportunity for growth. Currently 11 percent of commuters who do not telework are interested in starting. That’s another 242,000 people who could be eliminating their commute, at least occasionally.”

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