Teleworking up in D.C. area

According to the number of folks teleworking in the Washington, D.C. area has gone from 11% in 2001 to currently 25%.

WASHINGTON – Most commuters in the metropolitan Washington area still drive to work alone, but their proportion is declining.

According to a new survey of drivers released by the Council of Governments, in 2001, 70% of area commuters drove alone. In 2010, 64% of us are driving solo.

Another result in the survey: teleworking (from home) is up significantly.  In 2001, 11% of Washington area commuters teleworked “at least occasionally.”  That number has now grown to 25% of the workforce.

Jason Marlor is an editor for the Federal Register who teleworks one to two days a week. Traffic congestion is the reason. “Frankly,” Marlor explained, “I love avoiding the entire commute.”

The COG survey shows 54% of area employers permit teleworking. And 46% of employers have no program.

I know some employers frown on teleworking.  They want to see their employees in the office everyday.  I work for the federal government and some managers are still resistant to idea.  I work from home about twice a month and I love it.  Some folks in my division at work telework once a week (4 times a month).

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