To show the tangible value of telework, a group that works on telecommuting policies has announced the week of Feb. 14, 2011 as National Telework Week.

"Telework Week is a call to action for agencies, organizations and employees alike. It is the perfect time to start a telework discussion with management," says Cindy Auten, general manager of Telework Exchange, the Virginia-based organization behind the public-private initiative. "For agencies and organizations, it provides an opportunity to examine how telework can support business operations," she adds.

According to experts, teleworking can enhance an organization’s efforts on recruitment and retention, as well as improve employee productivity and morale.

The group will hold a Web cast titled, "The Telework Big Picture," on December 15 to help employers and workers prepare for National Telework Week, which is free and open to public and private-sector employers.

In addition, Telework Exchange will issue a post-Telework Week report in March, spotlighting the impact of Telework Week on employees, agencies, organizations and the environment. 

Interested participants in Telework Week 2011 can click here to pledge to telework, calculate potential commuting cost savings and environmental savings by telecommuting.

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