A growing number of people are working from home either full-time or at least a few days a week. If you don’t telework yourself, you likely have a neighbor or family member who checks in with the office remotely, saving time and preventing stress by skipping the daily commute.

This month, many more employers may encourage their staff to work from home, as the U.S. launches a nationwide Telework Week February 14-18. During that week, The Telework Exchange is calling on federal agencies, organizations and individuals to take a “Telework Pledge”. The organization is hoping the weeklong effort will show the benefits of teleworking. Interested participants can visit The Telework Exchange’s website to pledge, calculate potential commuting cost and environmental savings, and learn more about how to get started through a series of free webcasts.

As more workers forego the commute and get right to work, employers are finding it hard to ignore the research indicating that this option provides a boost in both morale and productivity. A quick perusal of The Benefits of Telework report produced by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Telework Exchange reveals much support for those who ditch the travel mug for a cup of coffee in their home office.

In addition to the positive effects on the environment brought about by reduced travel, the report reveals that, “The job performance of teleworkers has been documented to either exceed or remain on par with that of workers in a traditional workplace arrangement.” It also points out that the increased flexibility afforded by working from home improves morale, reduces stress, and can improve employee retention and recruitment. Finally, from an operations standpoint, telework “can enable reduced demand for office space as well […]