With the high cost of commuting and initiatives for reducing traffic, public and private employers in the state are increasingly allowing employees in eligible positions to telecommute one or several days a week.
To comply with state initiatives for reducing driving, the Colorado Division of Human Resources's Department of Personnel and Administration maintains the “Flexplace” alternative scheduling program, which is available to eligible employees in all state departments and state higher education institutions.
The program is not considered an employee benefit, but a discretionary management tool. Flexplace schedules are intended for 1 day per week or selected days of the month; however, full-time telework may be used to accommodate persons with disabilities. Employees may work from state satellite offices or from home. Workers must get permission from supervisors and sign written telecommuting agreements, and there are no changes in their compensation, benefits, or status if they participate in Flexplace. Information is also available at http://www.colorado.gov
The state has also included teleworking as part of its emergency pandemic readiness plan.
The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) offers free assistance to area businesses that desire to begin telecommuting (partial) or telework (full-time) programs for selected employees, including consultations, presentations to management, review of policies and forms, and training for participants. Call 303-455-1000 or go to www.drcog.org
for more information.
DRCOG also has a downloadable "Telework Tookit for Employers" at www.drcog.org