The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in many jobs moving to telecommuting or remote work beginning in spring 2020. This webpage is dedicated to providing telecommuting/remote work resources to employers and employees within the City of Fort Collins.
Although the resources here are meant to help businesses in response to current issues and challenges, the City is working to further support telecommuting/remote work after COVID-19 because of the benefits for employers and employees associated with working from home and environmental benefits due to reduced commuting travel.
The City of Fort Collins has created a Telework Toolkit to help organizations transition to telework, whether full-time or a hybrid model. The toolkit is divided into four sections: Benefits, Policies & Procedures, Guidance for Managers and Employees, and Technology.
Check out the toolkit components below and learn tips for moving your organization to telework.
Teleworking has many benefits:
- Flexibility and Productivity
- Improved personal and environmental health
- Cost savings for both employer and employee
Policies and Procedures
Teleworking Policies & Procedures
- Employer/Employee Sample Surveys
- Policies & Policy Considerations
- Telework agreements between employers and employees
- Best Practices for implementing telework policies
- Guidance for Selecting Telework Cyber Security Technology
- Guidance for Selecting Remote Work Hardware and Software Systems
- Guidance for Providing Positive Reinforcement to Teleworkers Using Technology Solutions
Guidance for Managers & Employees
- Tips for productivity and working from home
- Tips for Virtual Meetings
- Video Resources
- Guidance for Managing Teleworkers
- Liability and Safety Considerations
Telework Statistics in Fort Collins#
Telecommuting is one of a set of Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategies that encourage people to shift away from driving alone to more sustainable options. Prior to COVID-19, more than 8% of the Fort Collins workforce reported that they usually work from home (American Community Survey).
Shifting trips by working at home can help increase the efficiency of the transportation system since it allows more people to move within the same amount of physical space. In addition to reducing automobile trips, telecommuting supports other community and environmental goals such as increasing physical activity, reducing air pollution, and reducing the amount of energy expended on transportation.
Current State and County Telework Advice#
The following best practices related to remote and flexible work schedules have been issued by the Governor’s #DoingMyPartCO campaign:
- Encourage and enable remote work whenever possible
- Provide flexible or remote scheduling for employees who need to continue to Stay at Home, who may have a child or elder care obligations, or who live with a person who still needs to observe Stay at Home due to an underlying condition, age, or other factors.
- As part of Safer at Home guidelines, telecommuting continues for offices. Starting May 4, up to 50% of staff can work in person (with social distancing in place).
- General Overview of Telecommuting
- U.S. General Services Administration
- American Psychological Association
- Planetizen Articles
- Telework Calculator
Telecommuting Resources in Colorado