What is telework?
How does the program work?
Is telework an employee
Who may be selected to
What if telework doesn't
What kinds of jobs are
What about the State's
liabilities for injuries at home?
Do all teleworkers need
Can I use my own computer?
Does an employee who uses
a portion of his or her home for business
qualify for any Federal Tax deductions?
Can I have my children at
home on telework days?
What is telework?
Telework is a powerful management option for all
agencies, boards and commissions. Telework
allows selected employees to work from home, or
a State office location closer to home, one or
more days a week. Telework offers a productive
working environment with fewer distractions
which often results in enhanced job performance,
improved employee morale and job satisfaction,
reduced absenteeism and sick leave usage.
Telework can also help retain valued employees
and recruit highly qualified individuals.
How does the
All State agencies, boards and commissions are
mandated to implement the State of Arizona
Telework Program with the goal of having 20% of
State employees in Maricopa County actively
participating. Each agency is assigned a Travel
Reduction Programs Coordinator who oversees the
program implementation. ADOA - Travel Reduction
Programs is always available to provide
telework an employee benefit?
Offering the opportunity to work at home is a
management option; telework is not a universal
employee benefit. Supervisors may select
employees who have the abilities and
circumstances at home necessary to telework.
But an employee's participation in the State's
Telework Program is entirely voluntary.
may be selected to telework?
State managers and supervisors are provided with
selection criteria to help them evaluate which
employees would likely be successful
teleworkers. State employees with information
handling tasks, at least part of the time, may
be a candidate for telework. Successful
teleworkers are self-motivated and
results-oriented employees who work well
independently. They need minimal supervision,
are currently successful in setting priorities,
meet deadlines and take the initiative to
communicate with team members.
if telework doesn't work out?
Both the teleworker and the supervisor should
understand that if telework does not work out
for an individual, it does not in any way
reflect on that individual's ability to perform
his or her job. The employee, supervisor or
manager may terminate telework without cause.
What kinds of jobs are “teleworkable”?
Jobs are really just a collection of tasks.
Some tasks must be done at the office. Tasks
which may be done away from the office are
called “teleworkable” tasks. The amount of
telework an employee may perform, depends on how
many “teleworkable” tasks they have each week
and whether the equipment required to accomplish
those tasks is available. Keep in mind, it is
not necessary to have a computer to telework.
Many tasks, such as reading, analyzing, planning
or making phone calls, do not require computers
and may be saved for a telework day.
What about the State's liabilities for injuries
Since the employee's home work area is an
extension of the Agency's workspace, the State's
liability for job-related accidents will
continue to exist during the understood and
approved work schedule. A designated
workspace should be maintained by the teleworker
in a clean, professional, and safe condition at
the remote work location. As liability will
extend to the alternate work location, the State
retains the right to make on-site inspections of
the work area, at a mutually agreeable time, to
ensure that safe conditions exist.
all teleworkers need computers?
No, many employees have information handling
tasks which do not require computers. These
tasks may be compiled for the telework day.
Can I use my
Many employees find the opportunity to telework
is so advantageous they choose to use their
personal equipment when equipment is not
available from their offices. Whether or not you
use your personal equipment is your own choice.
Many agencies have computers that people can
take home. Again, we are not saying a computer
is required to telework. You may only require a
Does an employee who uses a portion of his or
her home for business qualify for any Federal
Part-time use of the home for work does
not meet the Federal test for an office
in the home deduction. The home must be used
exclusively on a regular basis as the taxpayer's
principal place of business to qualify for a
deduction. Also, employees who purchase
computers and use them when working at home may
not be eligible for accelerated depreciation
because the purchase of the computer is not a
condition of employment.
Can I have my children at home on telework days?
Telework is not a substitute for childcare.
Teleworkers with small children must make
arrangements for child care during the
agreed-upon work hours. This doesn't mean that
you have to hire a baby sitter to care for
them. What it does mean is that if you have
small children in your home, you cannot
supervise them when you are on your agreed-upon
work schedule and you must have child care or
someone else at home for them.