eWorkPlace: Exceeding Expectations! Report

 A key component of the eWorkPlace program is to measure and evaluate the impacts of telework for the community, businesses, and individual participants. While planning for the program has been underway since the Minnesota Legislature appropriated funding during the 2008 session, the official program was launched in March 2009.

eWorkPlace’s goal was to enroll 2,700 participants who would work remotely at least one day per week. The Urban Partnership Agreement (UPA) stipulated a federal requirement to recruit 500 telework participants. As of June 2011, the program has more than 4,200 participants, representing 48 Twin Cities employers (see sidebar on page 4). These employers range from small businesses such as Design 1 with less than 10 employees, to Ecolab with 26,000 employees worldwide. They also include public agencies such as Hennepin and Carver Counties and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, nonprofits such as Fairview Health Services, and for-profit companies such as U.S. Bank and Valspar.

With the focus on leveraging telework as a tool to fight congestion and provide a value-added benefit to Twin Cities employers and their employees during the economic downturn, the following measures were developed to track program results.

You can find information about how Lifetrack Resources in implementing an eWorkplace on Page 9.

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