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Telework Day lands Tandberg participants

August 4, 2009 | Chris Payatagool

tandberg_logo.gifBy Tierney Plumb

At least 75 Tandberg employees that would typically commute to their Northern Virginia office are staying off the roads on Monday.

Last week we wrote about how some Virginians plan to participate in the state's first official Telework Day by staying home to work Aug. 3.

About half of Tandberg's Virginia-based employees in Reston observed the new holiday, saving the company almost two metric tons of carbon emissions and 100 hours of productivity by not sitting in traffic. They are among the 3,700 individuals and 35 organizations across the state that pledged to telework today.

tandberg_experia_465x291px.jpgThe New York-based video conferencing company helps support teleworking through its own product: It provides employees with video conferencing systems in the office, their homes and on their laptops.

In the last year its global employees have on average made 75,000 video calls each month. Replacing business travel with video calls has saved the company over 21,000 metric tons of carbon emissions, over $45 million, and about 38,250 productivity hours in the last year.

A post-Telework Day report will be released this month, detailing the impact of the day on Virginia organizations and constituents.

[Editors' Note:  TANDBERG and the Human Productivity Lab are neighbors on the Silicon Plantation of Northern Virginia.  My running joke is I am not interested in using telepresence to avoid a trip to India... I am interested in Telepresence to keep me off the Washington DC beltway and the Dulles Toll Road. ]

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