Telework & Flextime: Progressive Options
Telework Tax Credit
Types of Jobs
Alternative Work Schedules
Teleworking from your home or from a convenient Telework Center may be the right option for you and your employer.
Alternative work schedules such as flextime, compressed workweeks, and job sharing are other progressive options for reducing traffic congestion, lessening workplace stress, and increasing efficiency.
For more information, contact us at 240-773-BWTW (2989) or email us at mcdot.CommuterServices@montgomerycountymd.gov
Introduction to Teleworking: The Fastest Growing Commuting Alternative
The presentations from Introduction to Teleworking are now available for viewing and downloading. Please select any of the links below:
Telework During SafeTrack: Quick-Start Programs for Business Continuity
Teleworking offers one of the most effective ways to respond to the unique challenges presented by SafeTrack, the year-long effort to improve the safety and reliability of the Metrorail transit system. Disruption will be systemic for an extended period of time. Telework can provide your organization a way to address employee and management concerns, maintain or even improve productivity, and provide effective solutions for mobility during SafeTrack.
Given the urgency of finding commuting solutions during SafeTrack, this webinar will provide the necessary details for getting started quickly with a telework program. Our webinar instructor, Elham Shirazi, has over 30 years of experience in developing telework programs for the private, public and non-profit sectors. Learn key implementation steps such as developing a policy and basic procedures, selecting the right employees and jobs, and adapting your organizational culture for employees working remotely anywhere from one day a week to full time during SafeTrack. Representatives from local organizations also present summaries of their telework programs. And free expert consulting will be available to help you get started at your organization!
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- Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
- Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Commuter Connections Program
- Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Commuter Services Section
Employees work out of their homes or in a satellite office or “telecenter” one or more days a week – using computer, phone, fax, and/or teleconferencing.
Montgomery County Telework Tax Credit
Businesses in Montgomery County may take a credit against County taxes for computers purchased for their employees who telework.The County pays up to 50 percent of the cost of each personal computer purchased, up to an annual total credit of $2,000. Employees must certify that computers are used for business purposes and that the employees using the computer work from home at least 78 days per year – or 1.5 days a week.
For more information click here. The Telework Tax Credit Application form is here.
May reduce office space and parking needs – improving business bottom line
- Helps businesses maintain continuity of operations during emergencies, such as weather-related events
- Helps employers recruit and retain the best employees
- Boosts job satisfaction, reduces stress, increases productivity, helps work/life balance
- Decreases traffic congestion, energy consumption, and air pollution
- Enhances employer reputation as “good corporate citizen”
Types of Jobs
For more information, visit the Telework resources pages at Commuter Connections. You may also call 202-962-3286 for the Telework Resource Center, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Ask for a free Teleworking Starter Kit.
Alternative Work Schedules
Flextime, Compressed Work Schedules, and Job Sharing are progressive options to reducing traffic congestion at peak travel hours, lessening stress in the workplace, and fostering efficient use of time at the office. CSS can help you determine which job types are best suited to these schedules as well as recommend program policies and procedures.
CSS will work with employers to set up Flextime programs featuring adjusted arrival and departure times for employees. Compressed Work Schedules, such as 4-day/10-hour-a-day work weeks, eliminate commuting for at least one day a week for those who participate. Job Sharing also cuts down on commuting.
- Flextime employees can work during their most productive hours
- Employees may use less leave time because they have greater flexibility in planning medical and other appointments.
- Companies gain increased coverage, especially when they communicate across time zones and have customers requiring extended hours
- Flextime can help reduce spot congestion at work site entrances.
The presentations are available below for you to view online or download.
April 25, 2012 Telework 101 Presentation - Download the April 25 presentation here as a PDF or Powerpoint Slideshow. A recording of the presentation can be downloaded here (requires Internet Explorer 8, Firefox or Chrome browser) and the Questions & Answers are here.
May 31, 2012 Telework 102 Presentation - Download the May 31 presentation here as a PDF or Powerpoint Slideshow.
Registered participants will be sent logon and password information prior to the sessions.
June 21, 2012 Telework 103 Presentation - Download the June 21 presentation here as a PDF or Powerpoint Slideshow.