Maryland’s Department of Transportation (MDOT) has partnered with the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) to provide a program for employers in the Baltimore region who want to set up a telework program for their employees.

The program has two goals. The first goal is to help reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality by guiding employers in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties on how to establish a telework program. The second goal is to foster greater use and understanding of telework by employers in the region. The premise of the program is simple – direct employers to the website where they can download all the information they need to launch a telework program for their organization. In addition, employers are able to ask questions and receive program development support of a professional telework consultant.

MDOT provides funding, support and supervision of the program while BMC administers the program. BMC is a private nonprofit organization committed to identifying regional interests and developing collaborative strategies through plans and programs to improve the quality of life and economic vitality throughout the region.

Once a business registers for the program through, the telework consultant will work with that business to create a formal telework program at no cost to the employer. Benefits of a formal telework program can include: improved employee satisfaction and retention; increased employee attraction; reduced training, office space and recruiting costs; improved productivity and diminished parking and real estate needs.

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