Telework Delivers Benefits Without Leaving Home 

A picture of Deni S.
Deni is a multi-modal commuter who teleworks four days a week and carpools one day a week. She says, “I feel good knowing that I reduce fossil fuels every day! It’s a benefit for me and it makes a big impact on the environment, too.” 

Deni enjoys the time-saving of telework. She says, “I don’t have to get ready in the morning and I save the 20-mile drive into the office.” Deni also notes the cost-savings and stress reduction. “Even when I have to go into the office, I choose to carpool. This allows me to share the commute and expenses.” 

She suggests that teleworkers start slow. “We have to prove to our employer that we can manage our work. I’ve earned the privilege of more telework days. This has allowed me to transition and learn the benefits.” To get started, Deni suggests having a separate office at home. “I don’t have a lot of distractions, and it’s nice to just shut the door at the end of the day and not have to worry about driving home in traffic. I highly recommend having a separate dedicated space.”

She also suggests ways to deal with isolation. “Feeling isolated was probably the biggest issue for me. I make sure that I talk with coworkers over the phone or instant message frequently. It really helps to make that extra effort.”  Also, having the one day a week carpooling into the office provides opportunities for comradery that may be otherwise missed. Great tips, Deni!