Track Telework

View the statewide telework dashboard, instructions on developing your own departmental dashboard, and reporting requirements to submit telework data to DGS to participate in the Statewide Telework Dashboard.

This is a summary of the statewide telework dashboard, skip this if you want to go to the dashboard directly.

Dashboard summary: The statewide telework dashboard combines employee telework status with GIS route data to estimate the benefits of the telework program. This dashboard and its data are available to the public. Data included in this dashboard comes from participating departments. The Department of General Services, or DGS, has been reporting since March 2020, and additional departments began participating starting in November 2020. The statewide telework dashboard displays the following information as of Monday, April 12, 2021.

11,224 total employees from 12 departments, of which 86.0% are eligible for telework and 14.0% are ineligible. Of the 9,652 eligible employees 81.4% telework full-time, 12.6% telework part-time, and 6.0% don’t telework. On average, 94.0% of eligible employees are teleworking per week, with an 89.8% telework rate. The trend of gasoline prices reduced from $3.44 per gallon in March, 2020 to $2.88 per gallon in May, 2020, then increased to $3.33 per gallon in September, 2020. Gasoline prices are now $4.06 per gallon.

The average driving distance per teleworker is 33.2 miles. Weekly, teleworkers save 1,420,000 commute miles. Cumulatively, 29,300,000 commute miles have been saved, which is equivalent to 1,177.1 times around the Earth, and 61.3 round trips to the Moon. The average driving time per teleworker is 48.1 minutes. Weekly, teleworkers save 34,300 hours. 1,430 days of commute time. Cumulatively, 744,000 hours or 84.9 years of commute time have been saved. The average total vehicle expenses saved per teleworker is $88 per week, $26 of which is for gas. Weekly, teleworkers save 797,000 dollars in total vehicle expenses, 237,000 dollars of which is for gas. Cumulatively, teleworkers have saved 16,500,000 dollars in total vehicle expenses, 4,290,000 dollars of which is for gas. Weekly, 58,300 gallons of gas is saved. Cumulatively, 1,200,000 gallons of gas has been saved. Weekly, 518 metric tons of CO2 is avoided. Cumulatively, 10,676 metric tons of CO2 has been avoided, which is equivalent to 13,865 acres per year of carbon absorbed by US forests.

Each department provides their own data, based on their individual internal telework tracking systems. Guidance on how to collect this data is available on the Reporting Requirements page. This dashboard represents a generalized estimation using available data with the following assumptions. Commute calculations: All employees are assumed to drive alone. No precise data is available for employee’s use of public transportation or carpools, so these commute methods are not currently factored in. We consider it reasonable to assume that actual savings (in both dollars and CO2) are probably slightly less than shown, due to this uncertainty. Holidays and vacation days are excluded from calculations. Actual telework days may differ from the reported counts due to various individual circumstances. In limited cases where the commute distance could not be calculated, the average commute distance of all other employees is used. Data for employees with PO Box (0 miles) or commuting over 100 miles one-way were excluded in the average calculation. Energy savings calculations: Historic average gas prices in California come from the California Energy Commission’s California average weekly retail gasoline prices report. Mid-grade gasoline prices are used for calculations. The average fuel economy for gasoline passenger vehicles is 24.4 mpg, per the California Energy Commission’s analysis of the Department of Motor Vehicle’s registration data for personal gasoline vehicles, as of the end of 2019. IRS mileage rate is taken from the IRS standard mileage reimbursement. CO2 avoided calculations: The common conversion factor of 8,887 grams of CO2 emissions per gallon of gasoline was used. Conversion factor for carbon sequestered is 0.77 metric tons of CO2 per acre per year sequestered annually by one acre of average U.S. forest, per the Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gases Equivalencies Calculator References.

Reporting Requirements and Instructions

Review instructions on how to submit the required telework dataset to DGS for the statewide dashboard

Telework Dashboard: Create Your Own

Instructions and templates for Departments to use in creating their own telework dashboard

Department of General Services: Case Study

How DGS developed a solution to effectively monitor, track and support the transition to telework

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