Telework is a management option that allows qualified state employees to work from home, or a state office location closer to home, one or more days a week. Properly trained employees and supervisors are equipped to implement a successful telework agreement, which can increase productivity, improve morale and help recruit and retain high value employees.
The State of Arizona Telework program was first launched as a pilot program in 1990, with a goal of improving air quality by reducing commute-related pollution as required under ARS 49-588. Following the success of the pilot, the program was formally established through executive order in 1993. The current executive order mandates implementation within every agency, board and commission, with a goal of reaching 20 percent participation among state employees in Maricopa County. The State of Arizona Telework program is guided by official state policy (revised in 2020), which is a general framework for teleworkers in all state agencies and does not attempt to address the special conditions and needs of all individuals. Agencies may develop their own sets of policies to meet the needs of the agency.
Employees and supervisors can learn more about telework requirements, training and get answers to frequently asked questions by navigating through the menu items on the right side of this page.