Tell your boss it’s Georgia Telework Week

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Southern Polytechnic State University freshman Doug Baldwin, of Cumming, left, Sam Shackleford, also of Cumming, center, and Liel Vanderhoeven, of Roswell, study for their finals on campus Thursday morning in Marietta, Ga., December 5, 2013. Photo by Jason Getz / AJC

If you need another reason ask your boss to work from home, listen up. It’s Georgia Telework Week! (Now there’s an event we can all get behind.)

Governor Nathan Deal has officially designated the week of March 7-11 to encourage teleworking with a series of activities, webinars and promotions designed to publicize the benefits of metro Atlanta’s top alternative commute mode.

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Denise Kenson-Liu works from her Snellville home one day a week for her job with the IT department of Gwinnett County on Fri, Feb.18, 2011. Bob Andres bandres@ajc.com

Teleworking can have an immediate impact on reducing vehicle emissions, traffic congestion, strain on existing infrastructure and air pollution, according to the Governor’s proclamation. If just one person converts to teleworking, the average impact would be 2,000 fewer miles driven, and more than 50 hours of commute time saved in a single year (not to mention smog reduction).

“Telework is a commute option that’s very popular in metro Atlanta, and many employers (including Georgia DOT) have seen increased productivity since implementing telework programs,” said Phil Peevy, Georgia DOT Air Quality and Technical Resource Branch Chief.

Promotions for the week include

  • Webinars on best practices for teleworkers and their managers
  • Telework Training for state agency employees
  • “Spot the Teleworker” outdoor installations at Cobb Galleria (Tuesday), Colony Square (Wednesday), Rollins School of Public Health (Thursday) and Woodruff Park (Friday).
  • Daily $25 prize drawings for commuters that log telework days at GaCommuteOptions.com

Full details on Georgia Telework Week activities can be found at GaCommuteOptions.com.


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