Telecommuting Twice Weekly Can Ease Motorists' Gas Pains by 40 Percent

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By telecommuting two days a week commuters can reduce their gasoline consumption and spending by 40%. No other solution to rising prices at the pump can be implemented as quickly. Additional benefits to employers, employees, and society in general will also be realized.

Permitting employees who can telecommute do so at least two days a week will swiftly reduce workers' fuel consumption and cost by 40%. "Telecommuting is the solution to weaning us off our gasoline dependence, so we are not the victims of disruptive events outside our control," said Chuck Wilsker, President and CEO of The Telework Coalition. "We can pull ourselves out of this energy mess."

The Telework Coalition (TelCoa,, a non-profit organization that promotes virtual, mobile, and distributed work, presented its solution at a news conference on the intense traffic congestion expected on the day after the Labor Day weekend. The conference was sponsored by AAA Mid-Atlantic and held Friday September 2, in Washington, DC.

"Telecommuting is not just a solution for the metro Washington, DC area but is applicable nationwide," said Wilsker. "Telecommuting can be implemented immediately, unlike other options such as mass transit and road improvements that can take many years to put in place."

As bottom line benefits, says TelCoa, employers will see improved workforce performance from reduced tardiness often caused by employees stuck in the nation's notorious traffic jams. Employers in labor-short industries will more easily attract and retain the most skilled employees by becoming regional employers of choice. Reduced real estate needs often occur. Employers will be helping their employees to eliminate commuting and gas costs, and to better manage their time between work and their personal lives. At the same time organizations are more resilient to events outside their control when telecommuting and distributed work are included in Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plans.

"The more organizations that have telecommuters, the more likely we will see prices stabilize or drop at the pumps. Now that more of our economy is information-based and has high-speed Internet, we don't need to commute to work as often," concluded Wilsker.

About The Telework Coalition:

The Telework Coalition ( is a nonprofit 501 (c)(6) headquartered in Washington, DC, that promotes awareness and adoption of existing and emerging distributed work services and technologies. Its membership is a diverse array of organizations, companies and individuals. The coalition's mission is to help "Enable virtual, mobile and distributed work through education, technology and legislation."

To request more information on establishing a telecommuting program go to the TelCoa web site,

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