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OC Employers Can Learn about the Benefits of Telecommuting

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many Orange County employers, including OCTA, transitioned to telecommuting. Telecommuting, sometimes known as teleworking, is the practice of working from home instead of traveling to a centralized workplace, office, or other facility.

To help employers understand telecommuting and how it can help their businesses, OCTA has created a website with information including benefits, tips for success, and resources.

Employers who allow their employees to telecommute even part time can:

  • Improve South Coast AQMD compliance by adding telecommuting as a strategy.
  • Decrease the company’s carbon footprint by reducing emissions related to employee commuting.
  • Improve employee morale by reducing the stress of commuting. The resulting positive attitude can lead to higher productivity and employee retention.
  • Save money. An employer can save an average $11,000 annually per half-time telecommuter according to a report provided to Congress by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. This considers savings in terms of increased productivity, reduced real estate costs and decreases in absenteeism and turnover.

Benefits for employees include saving money, decreasing stress, lowering their carbon footprint, and gaining more usable time during the day.

Learn more about telecommuting here.

Employers can help OCTA plan for the future of transportation by taking a short survey regarding how their employees commute to work during COVID-19.

For more information about telework, rideshare, or vanpool, contact Kristopher Hewkin at khewkin@octa.net or 714.560.5331.

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