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The benefits of telework – from helping attract a tech savvy workforce to saving capital – are getting attention this week on several fronts. As we outlined earlier this week, telework is a great way to save your agency money in everything from real estate costs to travel expenses, but it is also a great recruiting tool.

According to CFO magazine, telecommuting is one of the top five ways a company can go green. In a recent article, they share that Microsoft saved $90 million in one year by substituting teleconferencing for travel. American work culture has changed, and finally companies understand that working from home is not a euphemism for an unofficial personal day.

IT Business Edge shares that “going green” may be the ticket to becoming more competitive, and outlines benefits that include everything from building loyalty among employees to saving money on real estate costs to ensuring business continuity in the event of a disaster or disruption.

And, last but not least, the Telework Exchange announced the winners of its fourth annual Tele-Vision Awards, honoring the best in government telework programs. A few of the winners are the United States Navy for “Best New Telework Initiative,” the Defense Information Systems Agency for “Telework Program with Maximum Impact on Government,” and the United States Patent and Trademark Office for “Best Use of Innovation and Technology to Support Telework.”

What is your agency doing to save costs, bolster recruiting and foster employee loyalty? Is telework on your list of initiatives?

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