Telework ExchangeSM, a public-private partnership focused on
demonstrating the tangible value of telework, today announces details
Week 2013, taking place March 4-8, 2013. Telework Week is the
third-annual initiative encouraging government agencies, businesses, and
individuals to pledge to telework during the week of March 4-8, 2013.
Interested participants can visit www.teleworkexchange.com/teleworkweek
to pledge to telework, as well as calculate potential commuter cost
savings and environmental impact during Telework Week 2013. In 2012,
more than 71,000 individuals and organizations pledged to telework
during Telework Week, collectively saving $5.6 million in commuting
costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 3,453 tons.
"Telework Week is an excellent opportunity for thousands of people to
try teleworking and realize the great benefits it can provide," said
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD), author of the Telework Enhancement Act of
2010. "A robust telework program can help organizations improve the
quality of life of their employees, while also taking strides to protect
the environment, reduce traffic congestion on the roads, and increase
When Hurricane Sandy hit the U.S. east coast in October, about one third
of the D.C. region's Federal employees were able to telework during the
two days the government was closed, according to the Office of Personnel
Management. Telework Week 2013 serves as an opportunity for agencies to
test teleworkpilot programs and/or business continuity exercises to
allow workers to continue to perform mission-critical tasks remotely
when inclement weather hits. Telework is a key component of business
continuity plans, helping agencies save money and increase productivity
in these situations. In fact, 71 percent of Telework Week 2012
participants cited improved business continuity as one of the top
benefits of telework.
"The Department of Agriculture (USDA) had 7,516 employees teleworking
during Telework Week 2012, amounting to more than $1 million saved in
commuting costs," said Oscar
Gonzales, USDA deputy assistant secretary for administration. "USDA
has high goals for widespread telework adoption and this initiative gave
many employees from smaller agencies and sub-organizations the
opportunity to telework, even if they do not regularly do so. We pledge
to once again support Telework Week and hope to exponentially increase
our participation this year."
With the two-year anniversary of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010,
Federal agencies can plan to leverage Telework Week 2013 to build or
grow their telework programs and meet legislative requirements. A recent
Telework Exchange study found that 59 percent of Federal IT executives
expect more regular teleworkers in the next two of years.
"Telework is constantly evolving toward what we consider 'smart work,'
which takes advantage of the integration of many different technologies,
including broadband, cloud, video, and unified communications, to
maximize the ability of employees to work as they want. We believe
participation in Telework Week is an important step in that direction,"
said Gordon Feller, director of Urban Innovation, Cisco IBSG.
"Enabling agencies to support teleworkers ensures that the government is
more productive and saves money," said Cindy Auten, general manager for
Telework Exchange. "Telework Week 2013 allows agencies to get IT
infrastructures and policies ready to support today's on-the-go
workforce. We are pleased to continue growing this initiative as we look
to serve the mobility and telework needs of Federal employees and their
Interested individuals and organizations can visit www.teleworkexchange.com/teleworkweek
to pledge to telework and to calculate potential commuter cost and
environmental savings. There is no cost to pledge. Following Telework
Week, Telework Exchange will release a comprehensive report detailing
the total impact of the Telework Week initiative on commuting costs. The
2013 Telework Week initiative is underwritten by Cisco, a mobile
collaboration solutions provider.
About Telework Exchange
Telework ExchangeSM is a public-private partnership focused
on demonstrating the value of telework and mobility and serving the
emerging educational and communication requirements of the Federal
telework/mobile community. The organization facilitates communication
among Federal teleworkers, managers, human capital officers/telework
managing officers, and IT professionals focused on building a
sustainable and effective mobile workforce. For more information on
Telework Exchange, follow us on Twitter, @TeleworkXchange.
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