Telecommuting: Lets Get Started!
As part of King County's commitment to decrease our carbon footprint, increase productivity, and provide innovative working solutions to retain and recruit a diverse and talented workforce, King County has a robust telecommuting (used interchangeably with telework) policy in place. Employees want more flexibility to balance work and life efficiently, and we have the tools to help them do so. We have updated and upgraded our telework support tools to make it easier for managers and employees to participate.
Teleworking needs to be negotiated with your supervisor and is a voluntary arrangement not an employment benefit. We have the resources available below to help employees and supervisors determine where telework is a viable option.
- Fill out employee suitability assessment and review the supervisor/teleworker responsibility document to see if teleworking is a good fit for you.
- If you feel good about your assessment, then talk with your supervisor or manager about getting approval to telework. Be prepared by bringing your assessment and a proposed schedule and ask your supervisor to fill out an assessment too.
- Do the online training here
- Set up your home computer with AnyConnect and get help from IT if you need it.
- Fill out a telecommuting agreement (mandatory) and the home office safety checklist (voluntary).
- Start teleworking! Remember, you’re required to submit an updated agreement annually and it is recommended to attend a refresher training every other year.
- Do the online training here and get familiar with available tools.
- Let employees know you are open to telework arrangements with the right job and the right fit.
- Think about how you will manage teleworking employees (hint: it doesn't have to be different than employees working in the office) and review other tools for supervisors/managers in the right had menu.
- Meet with employees who are interested and use the Supervisor Assessment of Employee and Telecommuting Checklist as needed.
- Approved employees begin teleworking. Employees are required to submit new agreements annually and are encouraged to attend a refresher training every other year.
Interested in the Metro Pilot Program?
If you are a Metro employee, talk with your supervisor about getting your group involved in the pilot and participate in the online training here.
If you are a Metro supervisor or manager click here for more information
Please email Sunny Knott at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Telecommuting Agreement (required to begin telecommuting)