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Virginia's Telework Day — leading by example

August 6, 2009
at 9:59 am PST

Monday was Statewide Telework Day in Virginia, during which companies and individuals were encouraged to work from home or a remote location to save energy and increase efficiencies. The initiative grew from Governor Tim Kaine’s push to reduce energy consumption by state offices.

The Governor’s office sees telework as a business strategy that can have a positive impact on a company’s bottom line, improve organizational efficiency, and reduce traffic on Virginia’s roads. Here at TANDBERG, we practice telework on a regular basis as a way to decrease our company’s carbon footprint. We have the added benefit of video conferencing systems in our homes and on our laptops, so we can conduct face-to-face meetings with colleagues, customers or partners from wherever we work.

In the past year, the TANDBERG telework program has allowed us to replace much of our unnecessary business travel with in-person video calls, effectively helped us save 21,000 metric tons of carbon emissions, over $45 million in travel costs, and about 38,250 productivity hours.

On Statewide Telework Day, approximately 75 of our Reston, VA, employees participated, eliminating almost two metric tons of carbon emissions and creating almost 100 hours of productivity by allowing employees to avoid traffic.

Did your organization participate in Telework Day?

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