Marking the one-year milestone of the pandemic and ready to turn the corner on a tough 2020 that closed the campus, UCLA Transportation looked at how well telecommuting worked when nearly 80% of campus employees (excluding medical center staff) were sent home to work remotely. The resulting analysis reveals a win-win scenario for the University and its workforce — as well as a big step forward in sustainability.
Thousands of employees began working from home in spring 2020, when Los Angeles issued a Safer at Home order. Only those engaged in essential campus operations were permitted to stay. With L.A.’s notorious traffic congestion, eliminating a commute was advantageous, but not simply in reclaimed time.