Broadband level telecommunications make telework, sometimes called telecommuting, an efficient and effective work option that may among other things:
- Drive broadband demand that may in turn increase broadband availability and improve service;
- Lessen traffic congestion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
- Provide job flexibility to improve the quality of work-life of employees and to recruit and retain workers, including experienced, post-retirement age workers, who require or desire flexible work conditions;
- Decrease commute time, expense, and stress to improve quality of work-life for employees;
- Increase job opportunities through workplace flexibility for specific populations that might not be able to work otherwise, such as persons with disabilities, new mothers, and persons responsible for dependent care;
- Facilitate the efficient use of temporary, limited duty employees;
- Increase use of new technologies and prepare essential employees to work from home to increase efficiency in responding to, and continuing operations during, emergencies; and
- Reduce office and energy costs.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) maintains telework.gov and provides telework guidance, training, and other resources.
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