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Tips for Establishing Telework and Managing Remote Workers

We wanted to provide you with best practices on working from home policies as many employees are now working from home, some for the first time, to protect the health of their workforce and their operations. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has gripped the globe. Government and health officials are urging calm and caution. 

Here are a few tips as you mobilize your continuity of operations plan to enable your workforce to work from home for an extended period of time: 

  • Technology – The right technology is critical for employees to work from home effectively. Assess equipment and technology readiness including hardware, software, collaboration tools, and internet connectivity.
  • Policies – Your organization should have an official telework policy and eligible employees should be working under a signed telework agreement. Review your policy and agreement documents to ensure they are up to date.
  • Troubleshoot – Identify problematic areas that can cripple work productivity in a telework environment and assemble a task team to assist with resolution.

Learn more here!

What is Work from Home?

Working from Home, aka Teleworking, is a work arrangement that allows an employee to perform work at an approved alternative worksite.

Why have a telework program?

There are many benefits for employers, including: increased productivity, cost savings and improved employee retention, support for more diverse candidates and access to more talent, and assistance with their Employee Commute Reduction Programs.

And there are benefits for employees in terms of improved work-life balance, increased levels of flexibility, and saving time and money on their commutes. Our community and region profits, too, in the form of reduced emissions and cleaner air. Check out this map below showing a comparison of March 2019 and March 2020 and read more here.

If you need assistance with your telework program, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Go Glendale. We are here to help! Additionally, you’ll find a list of Telework Resources below.

Telework Resources

Metro Telework Guidebook

LA County Telework Program

Life Labs Remote Work Guide

City of Glendale Coronavirus Updates and Business Resources

Emergency Business Resources

Marketing Support for Businesses

Average Vehicle Ridership Survey Results

During the month of January 2020, Go Glendale assisted the City of Glendale in conducting Average Vehicle Ridership (AVR) surveys at seven properties in Downtown Glendale. Residents and employees of the properties recorded their trips for the week of January 13 to January 17, 2020. Go Glendale analyzed these trips to determine these properties’ overall AVR and breakdown of commute modes in order to better understand the travel patterns of the commuters in Downtown Glendale. The results are summarized in this blog post.

Average Vehicle Ridership is the ratio of number of employee or resident trips to the number of vehicle trips.

We ranked the seven properties according to their AVR, with #1 being the highest and #7 being the lowest.

#1- Hyatt Place

#2- TheBrand

#3- AMLI Lex on Orange

#4- Modera

#5- Onyx

#6- Altana

#7- Legendary

With an average of 69% drive-alone trips and 1.35 AVR, we have a long way to go to make Downtown Glendale more sustainable.

Commuters of Glendale Series: Featuring Matt Basora

Glendale commuters come in all kinds. People bike, walk, scoot, carpool, vanpool and take transit. This series is intended to share the stories of commuters who demonstrate it’s possible to get to work without driving alone!

For our first post this new year we are featuring Matt Basora who takes the bus to West LA from Glendale every single workday! Let’s see what he has to say about his experience on the transit system and what motivated him to make the shift.

1. Where do you generally commute to?

Although I hail from Glendale, I work waaaaaay out there in West LA.

2. How do you get to work on a typical day?

I take advantage of one of the many bus lines that pick me up near my home in Glendale and then transfer to light rail once I’m either in Downtown LA (to the E [Expo] line) or in Hollywood (to the B [Red] line). What I love about the transit system is there is always more than one way to get from Point A to Point B.

3.     What is the best part of your commute?

I love the feeling of zipping through rush hour without the headache of stop-and-go traffic.  And when you have a commute as long as mine, that white-knuckled stress fest takes its toll after a while.  With public transportation, I pop on a podcast and relax until I get to my destination. (We always appreciate a relaxing commute, don’t we?)

4.     What/who compelled you to begin commuting this way?

Driving back and forth across the metropolitan area was wreaking havoc on both my car and my attitude. Having spent a lot of time up north and back east, I had relied on the bus/rail system to get around but was reluctant to try it down here. I tried it on a whim, fearing the worst but it ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

5.     Do you have any interesting commute stories you’d like to share?

I’ve met so many fascinating people in my ride back and forth to work that I never would have encountered if it wasn’t for public transport.  It really reiterates just how much of a melting pot of different backgrounds we have in the southland.

6.     Are there any commuting tips that you’d like to share with the people working near you?

Be mindful of when express service ends for the day, so you don’t end up waiting longer than you’d like to get where you’re going.  Otherwise, take a day to get to know your city. With free transfers within a two-hour window, there’s so much to see and a million ways to see it.

We agree, Matt. You will find all the updated Bus and Rail schedules here.

Have a great commute you’d like to post? We’re collecting stories about commuters who carpool, vanpool, bike, walk, scoot or take transit on a typical workday. At Go Glendale, we love to share these stories. Please reach out to us at contact@goglendale.org to be featured in our Commuters of Glendale series.

New Year, New Commute

Did you know you can save money, burn calories, help the environment AND improve your health ALL by changing the way you commute?

How will you commute differently in 2020?

You can take the Metro (bus & rail) or Metrolink trains.
You can take the Beeline or Commuter Express buses.
Plan your route with biking or walking.

Happy Commuting!

NoHo to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Project: Upcoming Community Workshops

LA Metro is hosting a series of Bus Rapid Transit workshops to share the community’s vision for a BRT. Reserve your spot here!

Join the Glendale Community Workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 from 6-8 pm at Glendale Central Library, 222 E Harvard St., Glendale, CA 91205.

Learn more here.

Public and stakeholder engagement will continue throughout the environmental review process to solicit valuable feedback to further inform and define the project.

-LA Metro

Commuters of Glendale series

Glendale commuters come in all kinds. People bike, walk, bus, scoot, carpool, vanpool and drive. This series is intended to share the stories of commuters who demonstrate it’s possible to get to work without driving alone!

This month we are featuring Anneliese Hanson who takes the bus to Downtown Glendale every single workday! She works with Cigna located at 400 N. Brand Blvd in Downtown Glendale. Here is what she has to say about her commute.

What is the best part about your commute?

I love putting on my headphones, relaxing and letting someone else do the driving!

What/Who compelled you to begin commuting this way?

I am from Chicago, where using transit is the norm. I find that driving to work is stressful and doesn’t let me start my day on the ‘right foot’. I like knowing that I am helping lessen road congestion and helping the environment, while saving a TON of money on gas and car maintenance. I have only filled up once this month!

Do you have any interesting commute stories you’d like to share?

The buses here are so much cleaner and newer than other cities! And the drivers & passengers are well-behaved too.

Are there any commuting tips that you’d like to share with people working near you?

Try using the Los AngelBus app to find/ plan your bus routes!

Have a great commute you’d like to post? We’re collecting stories about commuters who carpool, vanpool, bike, walk, scoot or take transit on the typical workday. At Go Glendale, we love to share these stories. Please reach out to us at contact@goglendale.org to be featured in our Commuters of Glendale series.

Hey, Join the group! Get $2 rides to/from work!

Check out this new promotion for sharing the ride. Waze Carpool is offering $2 rides for Glendale Commuters from August 12th to October 31st if you join the Glendale Carpoolers Group

Waze Carpool is an app from Waze that matches riders with drivers who are traveling along the same routes. It’s a quick and affordable option for getting to and from Glendale. Download the Waze carpool app available in the Google Play or App Store. You can also share the link: http://bit.ly/GlendaleCarpoolers.

As always, please feel free to reach out to Go Glendale with any questions at (818) 543-7641 or director@goglendale.org.

Glendale Beeline Wants to Hear From You!

The City is inviting community input on recommended services changes to the Glendale Beeline. Members of the public are welcome to participate in any or all of the meetings at Glendale City Hall (613 E. Broadway). Visit www.GlendaleBeeline.com for details.

The Beeline is reimagining the bus network to create more customer-focused routes, faster and more reliable travel times, and less waiting at bus stops.

A survey was conducted earlier this year, and the results of this survey have now been synthesized in the Transit Route Analysis – a comprehensive vision of how Beeline can adapt to growth in Downtown urban density and extended commute times to both school and employment.

Watch the July 22nd Transportation and Parking Commission meeting here to see the project team present the finding and results from the analysis. Click here for the presentation and click here for more information.

Based on the finding and initial public input, the team presented the draft recommendations for near-term and mid-term services changes to the Transportation and Parking Commission on September 23rd, 2019 at 6 pm at Glendale City Hall for a public hearing on a proposed implementation plan that prioritizes the service changes within the available funding resources. Click here to know more.

Glendale City Council is then tentatively scheduled to consider the recommended Beeline service changes in November.

Please provide your input on the proposed changes!

Download proposed changes here.

They are making transit more convenient with:

  • Faster Service;
  • Expanded evening hours;
  • And increased frequency

Comments may be submitted:

  • By email to Beeline@GlendaleCA.gov
  • By phone at 818-548-3960 Mon-Thu 7:30am-5:30pm, Fri 8am-5pm
  • In writing to Beeline, 633 E. Broadway, Room 305, Glendale, CA 91206

Go Glendale Commute Series

Glendale commuters come in all kinds. People bike, walk, bus, scoot, carpool, vanpool and drive. This series is intended to share the stories of commuters who demonstrate it’s possible to get to work without driving alone!

This month we’re featuring Jeslette Verzosa, an amazing bicycle commuter from Adventist Health Glendale! Jeslette Versoza and her husband are passionate bikers who bike to work twice a week. She shares her commute story from Pacoima to Glendale- a 13-mile bike ride!

How do you get to work on a typical day?

I work varied start hours. Whenever I start my shift at 5:30 am or anytime before 7:00 am, I drive from Pacoima to Glendale. On most Wednesdays & Thursdays when my husband bikes to work, I ride my bike with him. We part ways at Glenoaks and Olive St. and I continue my freedom ride to Glendale via Glenoaks [Blvd].

What is the best part of your commute?

I love riding my bicycle as it gives me freedom from traffic, gives me Vitamin D along the way. I enjoy the exercise before my work starts. It gives me adrenaline. Now, coffee is optional. 😊

What/Who compelled you to begin commuting this way?

I have witnessed my husband [biking] to work before. I have co-workers riding bikes from Santa Clarita to Glendale & I see them when I drive the streets of Glenoaks. I love the bike paths and bike friendly signs. My workplace encourages healthy lifestyle. I love the 3 feet law between cyclists & cars.

Are there any interesting commute stories you’d like to share?

I showed up to work the first time last year with my bike helmet and [sweaty] cycling clothes. They were all surprised. I told them, “It’s been 13 miles”. They said, “Round trip? Not bad”. I answered, “No, one way only. 30 miles at the end of the day.”  They answered, “What?!”

Well, we were surprised, too!

Are there any commuting tips you’d like to share with people working near you?

Streets are safe in Los Angeles. We have to use safety measures too like [bike] lights, helmet, [and] visible clothing. Join clubs or read about road signs & courtesy. Biking is cheaper than gas.

Keep up with Jeslette on Facebook!

Have a great commute you’d like to post? We’re collecting stories about commuters who carpool, vanpool, bike, walk, scoot or take transit on the typical workday. At Go Glendale, we love to share these stories. Please reach out to us at contact@goglendale.org to be featured in our Commuters of Glendale series.

Bike and Walk to work day 2019

We would like to thank everyone who stopped by our pit-stop and making Bike & Walk to Work Day a success! We braved the rain and made it to work. we hope you enjoyed being there! Happy Bike Month! 
To learn more about such Bike Month events visit https://www.metro.net/riding/bike-month/


Bike & Walk to Work Day is around the corner! Go Glendale will be hosting a pitstop in the courtyard of 400 N Brand on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 7 am to 10 am. Join us for giveaways, snacks, and refreshments! We will be there rain or shine to support you!

More than 80% of bike commuters say they feel healthier and less stressed. Probably because they’re getting exercise, saving money, and doing something good for the environment. Be one of those people!