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April 30, 2013

Telework Week 2013 Generates $12.3M in Commuting Costs

Today, Mobile Work Exchange announced the results of Telework Week 2013 in the post Telework Week report "The Telework Revolution: Bringing Theory to Practice." Sponsored by Cisco and Citrix the report finds that Telework Week participants saved $12.3 million in commuting costs, spared 7,892 tons in CO2 emissions, and gained back 665,936 hours.

Telework Week 2013 drew in more than 136,000 employees across the globe pledging their support to telework - a 91 percent increase from Telework Week 2012. Following the event, Mobile Work Exchange collected data from Telework Week participants and executed an online follow-up urvey with participants to capture lessons learned and provide insight into telework trends.

Key Findings:

  • Telework Week pledges collectively saved $12.3 million in commuting costs, gained back more than 665,936 hours, and saved 7,892 tons of emissions by not commuting
  • The use of laptops, virtualized private networks, smartphones, collaboration tools, video conferencing, and tablets increased year over year
  • All organizations noted equal or greater productivity during Telework Week – no organizations found employees were less productive
  • Federal participation increased by 66 percent from 2012
  • If all Telework Week 2012 pledges teleworked this way for a year, they would collectively save $614.2 million in commuting costs

“Telework Week is an opportunity for Federal agencies to ensure their IT infrastructures can support a remote workforce in the event of an emergency. The exercise helps agencies uncover performance hiccups well in advance to ensure that in the event of a natural or man-made disaster, the government can continue to function as close to full capacity as possible.”
– Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA)

"As a first time participants in Telework Week, we were pleased with the level of enthusiasm from our participating employees. Our post Telework Week survey revealed, 96% of employees were more productive while teleworking. Like many other federal agencies, we are faced with budget challenges, limited office space and IT initiatives which directs us to become increasingly creative. As we move towards becoming a mobile workforce, we are not only changing the way we work, but we are also changing the tools to make employees more productive, efficient, and responsive. Our participation in Telework Week showed great momentum in the strides we are making to meet mission requirements while helping employees to maintain a Work- life balance.”
– Nicole Early, Telework Managing Officer and Deputy Chief Component Human Capital Officer, FEMA

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Report by Mobile Work Exchange - P.O. Box 1160 - Alexandria, VA 22313 USA