Feb. 14–18 was designated as Telework Week 2011. The Telework Exchange gathered data from the nearly 40,000 individuals who pledged to work from home during that week. The results are now available in the report, Filling the Tank with Telework: The 2011 National Telework Week Impact, which can be downloaded for free from the organization’s website.

Telework Week at a glance:

  • 39,694 individuals worked from home during the week and 10 percent were first-time teleworkers
  • 86 percent of the nearly 40,000 participants were federal employees
  • Both the employees and the organizations where they work reported an increase in productivity during the week
  • Teleworkers recovered two hours of their day by removing the commute
  • The 39,694 participants avoided driving 3,764,001 miles
  • More than 1,800 tons of air pollutants were avoided
The results are good news for proponents of teleworking. Organizations are more interested in teleworking now than they were just one year ago. When surveyed, managers of employees who participated reported several benefits to teleworking including increased productivity, better morale and improved business continuity.

Employees were also impressed with teleworking. Participants were asked, “Did anything surprise you about teleworking during Telework Week?” One respondent addressed the concern of being isolated while working from home, “I am very social and thought I would feel way too isolated from my coworkers, but it was much easier to work from home than I expected.”

To learn more about this year’s event, download the Telework Week 2011 impact report.

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