Work Options

Options Where You Work

Alternative Work Schedules & Telework

Are you considering a change in how you commute to work? Explore the variety of alternative commute modes and work schedules that can benefit you, your employer and the community. Here are just a few of the benefits you’ll see when you switch to an alternative work schedule or telework:

  • Less Stress — Reduce the stress of traffic by avoiding peak commute hours, working from home or close to home at a telework center.
  • More Time — Avoid the commute altogether or drastically reduce it with teleworking.
  • Flexibility — Choose the options that work best for you.
  • Balance — Maintain a better work/life balance while improving your productivity and efficiency at work.
  • Environment — Reduce traffic congestion and pollution by eliminating or reducing your commute trips. 

WorkSmart: An assistance program for employers

Want to work from home? Make it easy for your boss to say yes by encouraging them to participate in King County Metro's WorkSmart program. Employers get professional, customized assistance with assessing technology, establishing policies and training employees—all keys to a successful program. Get more information here.


What are the Definitions?

Compressed work weeks entail working longer hours in fewer days. Compressed workweeks include working 80 hours during a 9 day span, 10 hours/4 days a week, or 12 hours/3 days a week and many other customized schedules. Compressed workweeks can be used to meet work or personal needs.

Flextime means your work schedule has flexible start and stop times. Flextime starts may be set or variable. Often the start and stop times are clustered around core business hours. Flextime can be used to accommodate work or personal needs, including the ability to use a commute alternative, such as the bus, carpool or vanpool.

Telework is working from home or a satellite location close to home. Use may range from occasional to full time. Benefits exist for both employee and employer. Home office costs vary from minimal to significant, as do arrangements by employers to cover the costs. Some tasks and personality types lend themselves to telecommuting better than others. For more information, visit WorkSmart or:

Talk With Your Employer About Commuting Programs

If your employer does not have a commute program or encourage alternative work options, it never hurts to ask! Research the topic (on your time) and provide a business case for implementing a commute program, subsidy or alternative work schedule options. Try to show the benefits of offering these programs to your employer, and progress shouldn't be too far behind.

Help Your Employer Choose Transportation Offerings

What options are available? See what other employers in Bellevue are doing and how to get assistance in developing your company's own commute options program!

ORCA Passport

Your employer may be eligible to purchase a deeply discounted package of commute benefits, saving money and providing a more extensive commute benefit to you! The ORCA Passport is an annual, comprehensive transportation benefits program that includes transit, rail, vanpool and emergency taxi ride features. To learn more about ORCA offerings, visit the ORCA page and share this information with your employer.

Pre-Tax Benefits

If ORCA is not the right fit for your company, check out the pre-tax benefits that your employer can give you. Federal law allows employers three ways to offer their employees a commute benefit free of payroll taxes to reduce an employee's cost of public transportation.

  • Offering employees a tax-free employer-paid subsidy;
  • Providing a pre-tax payroll deduction; or 
  • Offering a combination of both

The law applies in King County when the company (or qualified third party) delivers the commute benefit to the employee in the form of a pass, ticketbook or voucher. Click here to learn more!