eWorkPlace Minnesota's Telework Toolkit is a free, secure online service that helps commuters and their employers in the Twin Cities track their reduction of vehicle miles travelled, their reduction in vehicle emissions, and time and money saved by teleworking.
The MN Dept. of Employment & Economic Development (DEED) Office of Broadband Development certifies Telecommuter Forward Communities that adopt a resolution of support and commitment to promote telecommuting. This certification helps communities promote themselves as destinations for Minnesotans interested in telecommuting.
Complete these workplace practices: multi-modal directions; accessible off-site locations; educate management & staff; buddy system; new hire orientation; travel logs.
Complete 4 of these practices -- alternative compensation for travel options; join a transportation network; shower/changing room; bike parking/storage; employee learning activity; transportation committee; flexible workplace policies/practices. Support an eWorkPlace Minnesota campaign or similar efforts, working with businesses (and transportation management organizations as appropriate); report level of fiber-optic infrastructure in city government buildings/citywide
Complete 6 of the practices in the 2-star list; help bring telemedicine technology to town via a local health care provider or other organization; be certified as a Telecommuter Forward! Community.
Who's doing it
Bloomington - 1 star
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Year action initially completed: 2017
The City of Bloomington launched a Flex/telework program in 2017.
The current policy for City employees is that alternative work schedules must be approved by the City Administrator. Working from home on an occasional basis can be scheduled...the City has purchased surface computers for each Department Head to allow that to occur more easily.
Isanti recently amended their Personnel Policy to allow for temporary flexible scheduling when approved by the City Administrator and permanent flexible scheduling when approved by the Personnel Committee. Isanti also permits working from home when prior authorization is received.
In 2019 Duluth purchased 4 E-Bikes for employees at City Hall and the Property and Facilities Management building to utilize for transportation to/from meetings, recreation, or errands. From May-October the bikes collectively rode 660 miles and saved 30 gallons of gas.
While the City doesn't have an official telework/flexwork policy the union contract allows employees to request adjusted schedules if necessary. These adjusted schedules are developed with and approved by the employee's supervisor to ensure that they don't interfere with the completion of the employee's job duties.