Fayette gets miles out of teleworking staffers


To help save the environment and also employee commute times and costs, Fayette County government has started a pilot telecommuting program.

So far, the county has found the cost of equipment and support infrastructure for teleworking to be minimal.

Furthermore, County Commissioner David Barlow noted that the Clean Air Campaign has helped make the transition painless “with documentation and expert training, at no cost to the taxpayers.”

There are also thoughts down the road of how teleworking can pay off for the county in the event of a disaster or inclement weather.

“The telework program is helping us develop ways that we can still maintain vital government services away from our offices if the need arises,” said Commission Chairman Steve Brown.

Fayette is one of the first county governments in Georgia to adopt a teleworking pilot program. Commissioner Allen McCarty noted that the county’s success has allowed it to “spread the word to our local businesses and our citizens that teleworking is a smart move.”

The teleworking process, in addition to removing cars from the road during heavy commuting times, also leads to “satisfied employees” and maintained productivity, officials said.