Should the Government Expand Telework?

Source: Kenneth P. Green, American Enterprise Institute, Energy and Environment Outlook, No. 2, August 2010

“Telework” or “telecommuting” offers significant economic, environmental, and security benefits: employees who telework reduce or eliminate commute times–saving time and money and reducing pollution–and employers reduce office space and operating costs. Telework also protects organizations from disruptions that follow natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Despite these benefits, telework faces a variety of barriers, from a reluctant institutional culture to unfavorable tax laws. The government should take simple steps to lower or eliminate these barriers, saving taxpayers’ money and paving the way for a more nimble workforce.

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