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Winter weather can freeze Atlanta businesses’ productivity. And since winter isn't over yet, there's the possibility winter weather will strike again.

Instead of wasting another business day, Georgia Commute Options has tips to help metro Atlantans telework. Here are a few reasons why businesses should encourage teleworking for winter weather days:

  • Safety: By keeping drivers off icy roads, you are not only keeping your employees safe but all drivers.
  • Productivity: Telecommuting drives up employee efficiency. Forbes reports that two-thirds of managers see an increase in overall productivity from their remote employees.
  • Health & Wellness: Allowing employees to work from home makes them healthier. In a 2014 study, 80% of remote workers reported higher morale and 82% reported lower stress levels. Working remotely also removes cars from the road, improving air quality for our lungs and the environment.
  • Cost-savings: Studies show that unscheduled absences cost employers $1,800 per employee per year. That adds up to $300 billion per year for U.S. companies. The American Management Association found that organizations that implement a telework program saw a 63% reduction in unscheduled absences.
  • Test for the future:  Allowing employees to work from home during weather advisories lets employers test drive teleworking. If employers see positive results, GCO has worksite advisors who can help employers create a permanent teleworking program.

And, here are some tips for employees who may be new to teleworking:

  • Set up your environment: Find a quiet space where you can focus. Experts say your workspace should NOT be at your kitchen table or in your bedroom. Ideally you have a comfortable desk and chair set up.
  • Establish office hours: Create a schedule that delineates when you are “at work” and when you are off the clock. Establishing office hours helps separate your work life from your home life.
  • Be reachable: Check in with your manager and co-workers at least once a day. Not only does it let them know you are available, it fosters healthy working relationship with your team.
  • Move around: FEMA suggests standing for your calls and taking necessary breaks helps you stay focused and productive while working remotely.

Learn about all the benefits of teleworking before the next winter storm strikes.

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