A recently released report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute reveals that on average, Americans waste $818 in time and fuel per year sitting in traffic. That comes out to $121 billion in wasted time and fuel for the entire nation. In total, 5.5 billion hours were wasted commuting in 2011.
Living in the DC area where we are routinely named as one of the most congested areas in the country, I love working for an organization that promotes a flexible work environment and allows me to work from home or wherever I am most comfortable and productive. In addition to the flexibility, my transportation expenses have lowered and my productivity has increased since I am able to use the time I would have spent commuting to get work done.
Looking at staggering statistics like those revealed in the Texas A&M report, it makes me wonder why more government agencies on all levels are not embracing telework on a larger scale. Telework seems like a natural fit for any organization looking to reduce costs. An article I read recently discusses the many ways that agencies on all levels can benefit and save by embracing telework.
Do you think agencies can really save billions in dollars and man-hours by embracing telework?
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