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    Twin Cities Telework Week is November 16-20, 2015
    EDINA, Minnesota – November 2, 2015 – Twin Cities Telework Week is November 16-20, 2015. It is a week to highlight the benefits of offering telework as a business strategy to employers and individuals. During the week, two events will take place, an Employer Telework Summit and a Teleworker Webinar. Additionally, individuals are encouraged to pledge to telework during November, and win a Telework Home Office Gift Basket.
    Employers and employees benefit from a telework strategy. A manager at Ecolab refers to his experience as, “a win-win situation – a good fit for the telework associate as well as our department.” A new website, www.twincitiestelework.com, has been launched and is host to employer and employee telework resources, information on the Employer Telework Summit, information on the Teleworker Webinar, and access to the Telework Pledge.
    The Employer Telework Summit will be held Wednesday, November 18 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Bloomington. Employers interested in adopting a telework program are invited to learn more about the benefits of implementing a telework strategy. Attendees will receive a Telework Toolkit that includes sample telework policies, a teleworker application, and a telework agreement. The teleworker application is a tool for an employee and manager to discuss the employee’s telework proposal. The telework agreement outlines the expectations of the employee while working from home. Attendees will also receive a free consultation on starting a telework program. Employers who are unable to attend the Summit can still receive the Telework Toolkit and free consultation. There is no cost to attend.
    A teleworker from Optum describes, “the benefits of teleworking are numerous and include: fewer miles on my vehicle and less money spent on gas; more time with my family; less stress if the weather is bad; and having dinner at a reasonable time!”

    The free Teleworker Webinar is being offered on Thursday, November 19 at 5:00 PM.  Attendees will learn how to create a winning pitch for senior management to adopt telework as a business strategy, and guidance on successfully approaching supervisors with a thought out plan to allow telework. Tips on best practices for working from home and a question and answer session with telework experts will also take place. A Hueler Companies’ employee and current teleworker feels, “working from home allows me to really focus and think outside the box, plus not having to commute is wonderful.”

    During the month of November, commuters who pledge to try teleworking for one day, will be entered into the drawing for a Telework Home Office Gift Basket. Pledgers must be 18 years of age, and live or work in the seven country metro area.
    Pledge or RSVP for either telework event at www.twincitiestelework.com.
    Commuter Services, one of the region’s five Transportation Management Organizations, received a Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) grant to start Twin Cities Telework Week.
    For more information, contact: Melissa Madison at 612-749-4494 or melissa@494corridor.org.
    Melissa Madison, Executive Director
    (612) 749-4494
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