As part of celebrating Earth Day throughout the month of April, we'll be featuring posts about how to make your nonprofit or library more environmentally friendly. This post, from Bo Bandy at our donor partner ReadyTalk, originally appeared on their blog.

As government agencies continue to document and refine teleworking processes to comply with the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, managers are trying to identify and implement tools and services that remote workers need in order to maintain workflow and collaboration with colleagues.

In a recent white paper (registration required), industry analysts at Frost and Sullivan outlined key technology components that should be available to employees who telecommute including, laptops, instant messaging, VoIP, smart phones, and more. The paper also looked closely at the importance of web conferencing in teleworking:

In a recent survey of 200 C-level executives, 53 percent said their companies use web conferencing — more than any other advanced communications technology (including instant messaging, video conferencing, and even voice over IP). Better still, organizations usually find that while they start using web conferencing as a replacement for in-person events and large group meetings, they very often continue to use it on a daily basis to improve the quality of meetings that would otherwise be held only on the phone or not at all.

ReadyTalk’s audio and web conferencing can help managers realize a variety of benefits:

  • Employee engagement. Telework programs can boost employee engagement because workers get a more flexible schedule and the elimination of daily commutes, which saves them time and money.
  • Reduced facilities and related costs. Because employees are working at home, they don’t need permanent offices or cubicles, which also reduces related costs including power and water bills, security, parking, maintenance services, and so on.
  • Reduced environmental impact. Eliminating or reducing employees’ commutes has a substantial environmental impact.

Technology can also go a long way toward helping managers as they roll out telework programs and manage remote workers. Download the free white paper from Frost and Sullivan, Supporting Teleworkers with the Right Technology for Success for additional insight on how web conferencing can compliment other technologies in your telework strategy.

ReadyTalk’s secure audio and web conferencing services, including webinars, enable federal, state, and local agencies to meet with confidence. ReadyTalk’s tools are designed so that it is easy to collaborate with colleagues, share information, telework, and train employees. Currently used by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and numerous other agencies, ReadyTalk is experienced in meeting the specific needs of government organizations and provides flexible, custom solutions to meet their needs.