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Governor Deal Signs Georgia Telework Week Proclamation

Deal signs Telework Week Proclamation (Pictured from left to right: Allison Little – UCB Pharmaceuticals, Trent Williamson – Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Sean Saffle – Georgia Commute Options, Keith Parker – MARTA, Governor Nathan Deal, Toby Carr – Georgia DOT, Allie Velleca – Georgia Commute Options, and Cam Yearty – Georgia DOT)

Teleworking can have immediate impacts on our environment, air quality, and commuter mobility, reducing vehicle emissions and strain on existing infrastructure. On August 7th, Gov. Nathan Deal proclaimed this week, September 15-19, as the fifth annual Georgia Telework Week.

The potential growth for teleworking in our region is tremendous. On average, teleworkers report better work and life balance as well as higher job satisfication rates than other employees. Additionally, formal telework programs play a key role in business continuity, allowing businesses to continue should an unforeseen event occur. Metro businesses can save money as a result of lower facility and energy costs, more productivity from their workforce, reduced absenteeism, and increased recruitment and retention.

During Telework Week, Georgia Commute Options asks for Metro Atlanta employers to commit their support of teleworking. Those who sign their commitment to the recognition week will see their company named in an Atlanta Business Chronicle ad on October 3.

Georgia Commute Options promotes the use of alternatives to driving alone to and from work, like teleworking. You can learn more about the activities occurring during the fifth annual Georgia Telework Week here. To get in touch with a Georgia Commute Options representative to learn more about how to get a telework program started at your workplace, please click here. To find out more about commute options for state employees, visit the DOAS website, here.

Governor offers Georgia Commute Options to State employees

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The Georgia CommuteSmart initiative comes from an Executive Order from Governor Nathan Deal’s office and encourages expanded use of commute options and flexible work scheduling for eligible state employees.


Using flexible scheduling to expand beyond the traditional work schedule will enhance the productivity and efficiency of our state team and lighten the burden congestion places on the private-sector economy. Empowering workers to choose alternatives to driving alone on trips to and from work is also proven to enhance productivity and improve morale, as well as attract and retain talent.

Get more by driving less:

Each state agency should implement one or more of the following options:

  • Scheduling shifts to avoid peak traffic times
  • Compressing the 40-hour work week into fewer, longer workdays to reduce commuting
  • Teleworking at home or another approved location
  • Using alternatives to driving alone, such as carpooling, vanpooling, riding transit, biking or walking

Telework and Compressed Work Week Guidance:

Georgia Commute Options offers expert assistance to state agencies at no cost, including:

  • Determining how to best improve your bottom-line (facilities, parking, energy, etc.)
  • Working with agencies to implement or expand programs
  • Providing guidance on assessing jobs and individuals compatible with alternative work arrangements
  • Training for teleworkers and their managers
  • Program evaluation and reporting

Data Collecting:

Employees are encouraged to log their alternative commute trips at a website created for state agencies. By logging their commutes, employees become eligible for cash incentives, and agencies can get reports of their employees’ program participation and environmental impact.

If you’re an agency coordinator, please contact Georgia Commute Options directly to learn more about these free services available to your team:

Lettie Ongie, State Agency Account Manager