Telecommuting 2000

Action by employers, individuals 
and communities

What employers can do

People often travel out of habit rather than necessity. Businesses waste resources on unnecessary journeys. This will become increasingly costly in future years as car tax breaks are abolished and new taxes and charges are introduced. 

Employers need urgently to address the need to travel. The public transport option is impractical and inefficient for many business purposes. Organisations should increase efficiency and reduce time and money wasted on travel. 

To do this they can, for example: 

  • enable routine flexible working and mobile working, by supporting staff with both good ICT and appropriate management and expectations 
  • review how meetings take place: the frequency, duration and location 
  • review occupancy of desks and space requirements to identify the savings that can come from remote working 
  • collaborate with non-competing firms to share facilities allowing staff from each company to have stopping off points or 'hubs' for use rather than requiring return to the company's main office.

What individuals can do

Individuals – employees, managers, freelancers and business owners – can make a difference, even where employers have not yet acknowledged the benefits of telecommuting.

It is important to think carefully about the kind of work you do, and what kind of journeys you make. There may well be a valid business reason why working in a new way would be of benefit to you, your employer and to the wider community.

Developing balanced and healthy communities

Across the country regional and local bodies are debating and drawing up plans to accommodate massive increases in housing. New settlements require fresh thinking, whether they are on in-fill, brownfield or greenfield sites.

When these new communities must be designed to accommodate the workforce of the future, allowing them to work at or near to home. Every opportunity must be taken to use development for the revitalisation of existing communities, by bringing in the infrastructure which will enable people to work, shop and play over electronic networks.




"Employers should enable flexible working and mobile working by supporting staff with information and communication technologies ."










"When new communities must be designed to accommodate the workforce of the future, allowing them to work at or near to home."





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