Telework and Alternative Work Schedules

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Skip Rush Hour

Puget Sound commuters waste dozens of hours in rush hour traffic each year. Save time and money by removing a commute trip from your work week through teleworking or working an alternative schedule.

Know the alternatives

  • Teleworking, or working from home, adds hours to your day by cutting out the commute. Policies providing for telework vary by employer but are becoming increasingly popular.
  • Compressed work week means working longer hours over fewer days. Fewer, longer days means fewer trips to and from the office and less time spent commuting and potentially fewer vehicles on the road.
  • Flextime allows some scheduling flexibility around start and stop times. Flextime can be used to more easily accommodate commuters who travel by bus, carpool or vanpool, moving trips out of the peak periods.

Consider the benefits

  • Employees who commute fewer days per week experience increased productivity and decreased stress. They also save money. 
  • Employers who allow teleworking and alternative work schedules benefit from improved retention, increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, expanded geographic access to skilled workers and improved continuity in case of emergency.
  • The community benefits from reduced vehicle traffic and reduced emissions.

Talk with your employer

If you are not sure whether your employer allows teleworking or alternative work schedules, it never hurts to ask! If your employer does not offer these programs, consider researching the topic and conveying to your employer the benefits of offering these options.

Resources for starting a telework program at your business

  • King County’s WorkSmart program offers free consultations to employers to help you set up telework and alternative work schedules
  • Bellevue Case Study
  • Check out these options on the more detailed commute resources for employers on the Choose Your Way Bellevue Employers page