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HJR 144: Telework Opportunities

September 19, 2007

The Joint Subcommittee Studying Telework Opportunities for State and Private Sector Employees met on September 19, 2007, in Richmond with Delegate Timothy D. Hugo as chair.


Chuck Wilsker, President and CEO, Telework Coalition
The Telework Coalition is a nonprofit organization founded six years ago to promote telework. Mr. Wilsker discussed the three main current drivers of telework, which are the need for work continuity in the event of a disaster, increased gasoline prices, and environmental concerns. He emphasized that because of these drivers, the adoption of telework is a question of "when" not "if" and to get employers and employees to invest in the need for telework, they need to be encouraged to try it. One driver for businesses may be requirements of built-in resilience in the supply chain. For example, in order to be on an entity's supplier list, a business could be required to have resiliency built into its operations, such as maintaining a telework program to ensure continuity in the event of a disaster or disruption at the primary work site.

Kay LyBrand, Telework Program Overview
Ms. LyBrand provided an overview of the award-winning telework program that she coordinated at her previous place of employment and offered suggestions on how to successfully develop a program. The program she implemented included telework agreements, work checklists, training, and a 360 degree feedback evaluation system. She stated that building trust between managers and employees is also key. Ms. LyBrand recommended that a telework program should identify metrics of success in order to measure progress. Her company, for example, was able to identify and measure that teleworking employees saved 193,000 miles on the road and that each employee saved about $800 a year on commuting costs. Ms. LyBrand's complete presentation is available on the study website.

Steve Waltz, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy
Mr. Waltz provided a brief update on the recently released state energy plan. He said that transportation is a key focus of the plan and that telework needs to be included in discussions in order to reduce the number of miles traveled by consumers. Mr. Waltz noted that transportation is responsible for large end-use energy consumption.

Work Plan

The joint subcommittee reviewed a list of possible legislation compiled by the staff, and the chairman directed the members to review the list in order that final recommendations could be discussed in detail at the next meeting.

The chairman also requested that a representative of the Department of Human Resource Management be present at the next meeting to provide updated statistics on the number of state employees that participate in a telework program.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the joint subcommittee is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, 2007, in Richmond.

The Hon. Timothy D. Hugo

For information, contact:
Lisa Wallmeyer, Patrick Cushing, Amigo Wade, DLS Staff


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