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Marine Corps traffic makes case for telework

- August 17, 2010 - 0 Comments

Anyone who lives, works or drives through the Washington, D.C., region has probably had firsthand experience with D.C. traffic. It’s evil, unforgiving and soul crushing. And we’re not exaggerating.

With the federal government accounting for a large percentage of the workforce in the District, it’s fair to say that federal employees are a large part of the car traffic choking the major roads and highways surrounding D.C. during rush hour.

The effect of federal employees isn’t limited to just the area immediately surrounding Washington, D.C., however. Military bases and other large federal employers can cause similar situations in other regions.

Take for example a recent letter to the editor sent to the Free Lance-Star by a local Virginia man who travels to work along I-95. In his letter, the gentleman discusses the traffic he sees during his commute, and how the exit for the Marine Corps base at Quantico backs up onto the very major thoroughfare every morning. With his wife working at Quantico, he’s nervous that someone not paying attention will slam his car into the line of traffic backed up onto 95 and potentially hurt someone he loves.

In addition to the threat of an accident and potential harm that could come from it, this kind of daily commute through traffic is a nuisance and a time-suck. How much happier and more productive would these employees be if this could be avoided most mornings?

By embracing telework and advanced technologies like video teleconferencing (VTC) and telepresence that enable telework, the federal government could create a more productive workforce and do its part to keep traffic flowing across the country.

By breaking down the walls between public servants and telework, VTC is enabling a new way of working. So, why hasn’t your agency embraced telework?

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