Department of Energy

Allow for appropriate use of telecommute

Telecommuting needs to be treated as business-as-usual practice, not just a "priviledge" or allowed only for exceptional cases. There are certain times of the year where my team is mainly sitting in their offices reviewing documents, not holding meetings that require us to be onsite. All of my team members have a commute of at least 45 minutes to an hour, so telecommuting even for a couple of days a week would be substantial savings in time, gas cost, not to mention GHG reduction. I know of maybe one person who has been able to tele-work, and that's only because of certain medical restrictions. Telecommuting needs be treated as a norm, and policies, practices need to be put in place to accept is as such.

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Idea No. 11911