Telework/Telecommute refers to alternative or flexible schedules under which an employee performs the duties and responsibilities of such employee’s position, and other authorized activities, from an approved worksite other than the location from which the employee would otherwise work. In practice, “telework” is a work arrangement that allows an employee to perform work, during any part of regular, paid hours, at an approved alternative worksite (e.g., home, telework center).

Did you know?

  • Studies show that people who telecommute (work from home or somewhere other than the office) drive less on days they telecommute, reducing traffic congestion and air pollution.
  • Telecommuting benefits include: avoiding a stressful commute, saving money, getting time back in your day, being more productive and create a better balance between your work and home life.
  • Employers offering telecommuting see an increase in job applications, as candidates seek opportunities with this flexibility. You may also see a reduction in costs since you’ll need less office space and may see less turnover. And you’ll have happier, more productive employees.
  • Some employers offer flexible start and end times. This can help you avoid peak traffic times, coordinate with carpool or vanpool partners or catch a bus to work.


Do you have what it takes to work a 10-hour day? Find out if your employer is willing to adjust your schedule to work four 10-hour days and take the fifth day off. That’s an extra-long weekend for you, plus 20 percent less commute time.

Want assistance designing a telework program for your company?

Click Here for more information about King County Metro’s WorkSmart Program or Contact King County’s Telework Expert Elham Shirazi today! Email or call (206)909-3498.