When weather makes driving difficult or impossible, telework can keep federal employees productive. (MICHAEL MATHES / AFP/Getty Images)
More than 100,000 federal employees have pledged to Telework starting March 3 as part of the fourth annual Telework Week, according to the public-private partnership Mobile Work Exchange.
Nearly 121,000 people signed up to participate – with 90 percent of them federal employees – and will save about $10.2 million over the course of the week. That would be $513 million over the course of a year, according to the Mobile Work Exchange.
Telework Week will also save the average participant four hours in commuting time and more than 688,000 gallons of gas, the organization promises.
Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., said in a statement Telework Week gives agencies the opportunity to test their IT infrastructure and Telework programs in the event of a storm of government disruption.
“Telework Week is the perfect time to ensure the government is prepared to continue operations during emergencies and inclement weather,” he said.
Rep. Robert Wittman, R-Va., said Telework offers agencies cost savings and boosts employee productivity.
“Telework Week is the perfect time to see how Telework can benefit an organization and its employees – from ensuring government employees know their Telework policies and eligibility status, to helping agencies enable a mobile workforce,” Wittman said.