The State of Maryland has recognized the changing nature of its workforce and has begun to focus on ways to increase productivity while improving the quality of employee worklife and morale. Teleworking, formally referred to as "telecommuting", is a nationally recognized way to make the workplace more "family friendly" while improving both the workplace and the environment. In addition, teleworking is a powerful tool for recruiting and retaining valuable employees.
Most teleworkers report that they get more done and are more satisfied with their jobs as a result of teleworking. The shortened commute decreases employee travel expenses and commuting stress, while enhancing the quality of worklife and increasing the amount of time teleworkers have for professional and personal pursuits.
Teleworkers also enjoy a greater degree of work-related autonomy and responsibility. Properly handled, teleworking can make it easier to manage dependent care arrangements and create job opportunities for employees with disabilities.
In addition, teleworking has proven to be an effective tool for promoting environmental conservation by decreasing traffic congestion and automobile related emissions. Additionally, telecommuting usually results in the more efficient use of office space, as less office space is needed to maintain the workers. Employees can often share office space with other teleworkers.
Overall, teleworking has many benefits. The State of Maryland has recognized these benefits and has developed this program so that the State, as an employer, can lead the way to a cleaner environment through a more flexible and productive workplace.