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We’ve all seen the headlines. Gas prices are rising again. Which means we’re all trying to figure out ways to consolidate our driving trips or possibly avoid them all together.
Let me toss out one way businesses can help the situation: give employees a workshifting day. If you’re a business owner who’s been thinking about offering telework or an employee who’s been looking for a reason to mention it, here’s your chance.

Citrix Online has an infographic they launched last year titled “The Dollars and Sense of Workshifting” that accompanied an eBook. It contains a number of useful statistics regarding the return on investment for saying “yes” to a workshifting arrangement. You can download a copy of the report here.

For example, did you know that allowing people to work from home half of the time would save a person $362 annually on gas? By offering a workshifting day, businesses can virtually give employees more money…without spending a dime.
Of course, there are many other benefits to workshifting like increased employee morale, reduced emissions, etc. But with the rising cost of fuel staring us in the face right now… it’s important to view workshifting relative to rising gas prices.

Here are 6 pointers to get you started:

  1. Discuss with employees what kind of tasks they can effectively complete at home.

  2. Make sure employees have the proper equipment.
  3. Agree upon what projects need to be completed and by when. Hold people accountable for results.
  4. Encourage employees to contact their manager with questions. Just because they are working from home doesn’t mean communication stops!
  5. Recognize employees for their successes. Workshifting isn’t always easy.
  6. Keep a list of best practices so you can continue to improve your telework arrangements.

Some of the best ideas in business are started because of tough situations. They begin informally and, as time progresses, that are integrated into corporate culture. If you’re waiting for a perfect moment, let me tell you…it might never happen.

Give it a try. And, share your experience in the comments. We’re all in this together.

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