Create a telecommuting option for staff
Your staff may be spending 30 minutes or more each way getting to and from work. On average, telework days are 20% more productive than office work days. Source
Many organizations are now allowing and even encouraging staff to work from home, either regularly or occasionally. Laptop computers, instant messaging, and video conferencing programs all help make working remotely effective. Start with trustworthy, independent, self directed employees who are interested in telecommuting. Clearly define expectations including work hours, and job descriptions. Check out this guide.