Solutions to Launch the FlexWork Santa Barbara Pilot Program
In April 2004, SBCAG Traffic Solutions selected Telecommuting
Advantage Group (TAG) to launch the FlexWork Santa Barbara Pilot
Program. TAG is a leading telecommuting and flexible work schedule
technical consultant that works with both large and small companies,
government agencies, universities and hospitals to develop,
implement and monitor FlexWork programs. Through a new FlexWork
Santa Barbara Pilot Program, the Traffic Solutions is offering free
consulting services to organizations in Santa Barbara County that
are considering starting or expanding FlexWork for their employees.
The primary goal of the program will be to reduce congestion along
the Highway 101 corridor by decreasing commute trips during peak
periods. Qualified candidates for the pilot program will receive
individually tailored consulting services from a nationally
recognized FlexWork consulting company at no charge.
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FlexWork SB Phase I Program Participants and Project
The first phase of the Flexwork Santa Barbara
program ran from 2004 - 2006. Traffic Solutions and TAG worked with
the following organizations during the FlexWork Phase I program:
Cottage Health. (Telework)
Superconductor Technologies (All
UCSB (All Flexwork)
The City of Santa Barbara (All
The County of Santa Barbara
Sheriff’s Department (Telework)
Goleta Water (All Flexwork)
Yardi Systems (All Flexwork)
SBCAG (All Flexwork)
For in-depth case studies
and statistics from the Phase I program view The
FlexWorkSB Phase 1 Final Report
Traffic Solutions is now recruiting employers for
the FlexWork Phase II Pilot Program.
- A Work Option:
simply means performing your normal work duties at a
location away from the conventional office. This
remote location can be your home or an office closer
to home. Telecommuting can occur in many different
forms. Most telecommuters do it once or twice a week.
Some telecommuters do it nearly every day, rarely
venturing into the office. And some people just
telecommute occasionally, in order to meet an
important deadline without office interruptions.
Benefits of Telecommuting:
According to a
recent survey (www.telecommute.org), 19.6 million people
telecommute at least one day per month in the U.S.
That's an impressive 10% increase over last year. The
survey also found that employers save a remarkable
$10,000 per telecommuter in reduced absenteeism and
retention costs. Additionally, the average
telecommuter decreased his or her commute distance by
1,800 miles per year.
A well designed
telecommuting program benefits the employer, the
employee and the community by increasing
productivity, making employees happier, and reducing
commute time, costs & frustration
flexibility and control over work environment
overhead for office and parking spaces
quality time with loved ones
recruitment and retention
Kinds of Jobs and Tasks are Suitable for
jobs lend themselves to successful telecommuting. The
key is not in the job itself, but in the functions
and tasks which the employee will be performing. Many
jobs require at least some writing, reading research,
editing, working with data (entry, processing,
coding, etc.) or talking on the phone. In general,
telecommuters should perform tasks that don't require
significant face-to-face communication, can be
accomplished independently and have clearly defined
Makes a Good Telecommuter?
should be self-motivated, proven, results oriented
performers with strong communication skills. They
need to achieve their work goals and objectives with
a minimal amount of supervision and must be able to
accomplish specific work tasks within a predetermined
amount of time.
Defining the Successful
- Has little need
for face-to-face contact with
co-workers or customers.
- Has access to
quiet area or office space at home
free from interruptions.
- Has access at home
to needed equipment.
- Is a self-starter
and able to work with little
- Reports to a
supervisor who manages by results,
not be surveillance or time clock.
- Works for someone
who trusts him or her.
are Telecommuters Managed?
telecommuters should be skillful, results-oriented
managers who have an ongoing mutual trust and respect
with the telecommuters that they supervise.
There are also several
software companies that have developed products to simplify the
management and performance review of telecommuters. For example,
check out the services provided by
Questions About Telecommuting:
I have to telecommute full-time?
One of the advantages of telecommuting is that it's a
flexible work option. However, most telecommuters
work from home one or two days a week, with time in
the office on the other days.
I need a computer at home?
This depends on your work situation. The trend is
toward using computers for tasks and communication
among work groups, but many telecommuters don't use
computers at work and thus don't need them to work at
home. Others save the work that requires a computer
for their days in the office. For many tasks a pad,
pencil and phone are all that's required.
do I get started telecommuting?
Before developing a formal telecommuting program, it
is wise to do some research and develop formal
policies, as well as written agreements.
Additionally, many employers prefer to start off with
a pilot program as a way to "test the
waters." Fortunately, there is plenty of
information about telecommuting available, especially
on the web. Some good places to start are
Solutions can also help provide additional resources,
such as sample policies and telecommuting agreements
to help you develop a successful telecommuting