Transportation

Companies Encouraged To Let Their Employees Work From Home

Experts say telecommuting can help alleviate traffic jams and cut pollution.

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From left to right: Transwestern telecommuter Meghan Zubot, HCSS Talent Acquisition Specialist John Capello, and H-GAC Commute Solutions Program Coordinator Veronica Baxter-Lamb discuss working at home on “Houston Matters.”

The Houston-Galveston Area Council hopes more companies will consider letting their employees work from home, as a way to alleviate freeway congestion and clean up Houston’s air.

According to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, a little over three percent of Harris County workers do their jobs from home.  That’s compared to 78 percent who drive to work by themselves .

Appearing on Houston Matters, Veronica Baxter-Lamb with H-GAC’s Commute Solutions initiative says some employers have expressed concern about letting people work on their own, but research shows telecommuting can make people more productive.

“Mainly because when an employee is allowed to work at home, it’s a comfortable environment, an environment they understand and know well. They work a lot longer hours when they’re at home.”

Working at home can also save employees a lot of money.

John Cappello is with HCSS Construction Software and Services. About 100 of the company’s employees are allowed to work from home a couple of days a month.

“If you take the IRS standard which includes gas, wear and tear, and depreciation on your vehicle, at 56 cents a mile, we think we’re saving each person $900 annually.”

Companies that want to set up telecommuting programs can also apply for federal grants.

 

Houston Matters segment: More Houstonians Are Beating Traffic By Working From Home

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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