Several of the resources that were available through the eWorkPlace initiative are now housed on the website of the U’s Transportation Policy and Economic Competitiveness (TPEC) Program.
eWorkPlace was a state-sponsored, multi-year initiative that helped Twin Cities-area businesses foster teleworking. Its initial goal was to promote telecommuting as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion (see related article). TPEC researcher Adeel Lari evaluated eWorkPlace and summarized the outcomes and lessons learned in a 2019 final report.
Since then, COVID-19 has renewed overall interest in teleworking and made the findings from the initiative even more relevant. TPEC researchers led by Lari are studying and monitoring telecommuting trends and impacts; their work focuses on the equity impacts of telecommuting, including disparities by income, gender, race, and educational attainment.
The TPEC site now includes the following eWorkPlace resources:
- Telework toolkit for employers (contains six customizable Microsoft Word documents)
- Telework benefits for employers and employees
- Telework case studies and research
- Presentation materials