President’s Corner
TelCoa thanks U.S. Representatives Jim Himes, Rosa DeLauro, and Elizabeth Esty for introducing the Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act, H.R. 4085, 113th Congress. We strongly support this crucial legislation. The bill would finally eliminate the telecommuter tax, a steep penalty often resulting in double taxation of income that interstate telecommuters earn at home. The telecommuter tax unfairly burdens telecommuters and their employers and limits telework adoption. Congress must make the Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act law! TelCoa and other advocates are working to secure the bill’s enactment, but we need your help! >>> Read More...
Guest Columnist
4 Great Examples of Telework’s Impact by: Brie Weiler Reynolds As champions of telecommuting and flexible work options for all, we certainly don’t have to tell TelCoa readers about the benefits of telework--we all know and love them. But as organizations like ours work to spread awareness of, and support for, flexible ways of working, it’s really important to remember the individuals for whom we work--the millions of professionals whose lives would be positively impacted by more access to telework and flexible jobs. At 1 Million for Work Flexibility, we hear daily from supporters about why they support the expansion of flexible work options for all. Here are four great examples of why work flexibility, including telework, is vitally important to individuals, to companies, and to society. >>> Read the entire blog at...
Hot Topics & Links
"Working from home not for everyone, but it can still be a 'win-win' for many workers and employers" is an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer featuring TelCoa President Chuck Wilsker and Advisory Board member Diane Stegmeier. For the complete article, > click-here... -------------------------

Telework in the News

Number of Teleworkers Expected to Increase

2011, A forecast from TechCast at George Washington University said that:  ‘While a recent survey found that less than 4 % of U.S. private sector workers actually work from home, that figure could reach as high as 30 % by 2019′.

Gartner: ‘this drive to mobility will become a $1 trillion market in the next four years.’  And that ‘within this decade, most, if not all workers will be mobile to some degree.’

40 percent of the workforce, representing 33 million Americans, has jobs that can be performed remotely either part time or full time.
TelCoa’s 2008 recommendation to members was also that at least: 40% of an organization’s workforce (whose jobs can be performed from home) should be full-time Work@Home™ employees.

Improving Quality of Life Through Telecommuting

The following is a paper written by Wendell Cox for The Information Technology & Innovatition Foundation

The number of jobs filled by telecommuters could grow nearly four-fold to 19 million and deliver substantial economic, environmental and quality of life benefits for the United States over the next 12 years. Thanks to its potential to cut costs, increase productivity, and expand the supply of potential employees, telecommuting is emerging as a standard business strategy for a large number of organizations. Spurred by advances in information technology, especially the spread of broadband services, telecommuting is the fastest growing mode of getting from home to work. Facilitated by continued expansion in broadband, especially higher speed broadband, telecommuting is poised to become more popular than transit and non-household car pools as a means of accessing work.
Click here to read the entire paper.

Telcoa Study Finds Telework to Be Mainstream

This benchmarking study was conducted with employers in both the public and private sectors with large telework programs. They represent more than 500,000 employees and almost 150,000 teleworkers and mobile workers. Interviews were done with  telework program managers.

The study, sponsored by Intel,  looked at how these large organizations addressed and overcame obstacles and objections to create successful programs that benefit both the organization and its employees through reduced real estate costs, increased employee retention, and a much higher rate of employee satisfaction.

Although this study was conducted five years ago, follow up conversations with participants show that all of the conclusions reached are as relevant today as when the study was conducted.

For copy of the report email contact info including name, title, and organization to:

Press Release

Executive Summary

For the complete report, Members click here.

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