You might ask, “So you mean if I stay home and work in my comfy clothes, that’s considered an alternative commute?” Yes!

Studies show that people who telecommute (work from home or somewhere other than the office) drive less on days they telecommute, reducing traffic congestion and air pollution.

As an employee, you benefit from telecommuting by avoiding a stressful commute and getting time back in your day. That means you can be more productive and create a better balance between your work and social life. And you’ll save money.

As an employer offering telecommuting, you may see an increase in job applications, as candidates seek opportunities with this flexibility. You may also see a reduction in costs since you’ll need less office space and may see less turnover. And you’ll have happier, more productive employees.

Find out more about flexible workplace policies from When Work Works.

Some employers offer flexible start and end times. This can help you avoid peak traffic times, coordinate with carpool or vanpool partners or catch a bus to work.

Do you have what it takes to work a 10-hour day? Find out if your employer is willing to adjust your schedule to work four 10-hour days and take the fifth day off. That’s an extra long weekend for you, plus 20 percent less commute time.