Telework & Cell Phone Conference Call Feature!

With coronavirus being given such close attention, a good solution for continuing the work we do is by encouraging employees to work from home.  Telework can easily be set up and with the cell phone ‘conference call’ feature available, much work can continue from home.

Workflow Continuing Tips

Office Settings:

  • Telework- Follow this link Telework How-To Guide developed by the Triangle J Council of Governments to read about various tips and tricks for the “how to’s” of telework.
  • Cell Phone- Give staff quick trainings on the conference call feature on cell phones and test out in the office. A few central employees should have cell phone numbers of all staff for communication if not everyone has home computer options.
  • Keep every surface wiped down daily.
  • Exercise the “stay home if sick” option.
  • Video Conference Feature – Explore various programs such as Zoom, Skype, Teams and other programs.

Other settings:

  • Cleanliness and wipes daily.
  • Explore new ways to provide services.
  • Develop toolkits for public “take out” of services.
  • Ramp up your online presence.
  • Exercise the “stay home if sick” option.
  • Encourage those employees that can, to telework.

Please help keep everyone well by not panicking, but rather by practicing good workplace habits during the weeks and months to come.

Happy Telework Week! And we do mean happy: happier employees, happier businesses, happier world! Did you know teleworkers are more content and productive and help save their employer a lot of money? And, of course, more teleworkers mean fewer people on the roads, reducing traffic and carbon emissions. To help more businesses create telework programs and more workers become successful telecommuters, the Triangle J Council of Governments has created a telework toolkit at nctelework.org. You also can learn more about teleworking at gotriangle.org/telework. Here are just a few of the many benefits of a telework program:Here are just a few of the many benefits of a telework program: 1.Increased productivity: A study done at the University of Texas-Austin found that telecommuters worked five to seven more hours each week than their in-office counterparts. 2.Reduced turnover: Employees with an option to telecommute report being much happier in comparison to traditional office workers. This leads to more employees staying with the company. 3.Eco-friendly: Telecommuting can save enough energy to power a million homes in the United States for an entire year! 4.Improved morale: Workplace flexibility promotes a better work-life balance. This leads to happier and less stressed employees who feel more valued. 5.Cost effective: It’s estimated that for each employee who telecommutes, a company saves about $11,000 annually. Teleworking isn’t for everyone and every position. However, 95 percent of employers say telework options have a profound effect on employee retention.

Chapel Hill Transit adjusts service for UNC-Chapel Hill Spring Break

Chapel Hill Transit will adjust service from March 6-15, 2020 for UNC-Chapel Hill’s Spring Break.

Chapel Hill Transit will adjust transit services during UNC-Chapel Hill’s spring break.

  • The weekend U and NU routes will not operate beginning Saturday, March 7 and will resume on Sunday, March 15.
  • The weekday NU route will not operate Monday, March 9 through Friday, March 13. The weekday NU will resume on Monday, March 16.
  • Safe Ride routes will not operate beginning March 6 through March 14. They will resume on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

EZ-Rider will have adjusted service hours on Saturday, March 7 and 14, and Sunday, March 8.

Learn more about Chapel Hill Transit hours of operation and holidays at this link: Hours of Operation & Holiday Calendar

*Safe Ride is a service funded by the UNC-Chapel Hill Student Government for the safety of students. For information on routes and schedules: Safe Ride Program

Colorful Crosswalks in Downtown CH!

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Town of Chapel Hill –

A colorful set of crosswalks is newly installed at the intersection of Church and Rosemary streets in downtown Chapel Hill. The crosswalks are a temporary art piece and are the final installation of the multi-year initiative. The artistic crosswalk project started in 2016 as a way to improve the walkable nature of downtown.

The newly created crosswalks enhance the downtown walking experience by by bridging the gap between art and mobility. Safety has also been taken into consideration by outlining the crosswalks with standard thick white lines. Orange County artist Amy Hoppe designed the crosswalks to reference an iconic feature of Chapel Hill architecture. “My design highlights a simple detail that I’ve observed in downtown Chapel Hill and on UNC’s campus. Bricks that frame institutions like Sutton’s Drug Stores and are echoed in newer construction like 140 West Franklin. When crisscrossing UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus, you can’t help but notice the beautiful brick walkways that highlight the history of America’s oldest public university,” says Hoppe.

Colorful crosswalks in Chapel Hill are part of a multi-year experiment bringing art to public spaces and improving the walkability of the community. The three preceding crosswalks, designed and installed in 2017, include Rachel Herrick’s Old Well crosswalks at Cameron Avenue and Wilson Street, Mary Carter Taub’s UPC barcode crosswalks at Rosemary and Henderson Streets, and Lope Max Diaz’s crosswalk on Rosemary Street across from shortbread lofts that incorporates the geometric patterns and symbols of the University while spelling out “walk.” 

 The community is invited to visit, walk, and explore the new and old art crosswalks in downtown Chapel Hill. To find out more about the project and other art happenings, visit chapelhillarts.org/crosswalks.

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Chapel Hill Transit Public Input for Possible Changes!

Chapel Hill Transit is preparing service changes to begin in August 2020. Staff will be available to discuss these changes at four public events:

  • Monday, Feb. 10, from 5-7 p.m. in the Board Room of Carrboro Town Hall
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12, UNC Off-Campus Housing Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (UNC students and staff only) in the Great of the UNC Student Union
  • Thursday, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Carolina Springs (residents only)
  • Wednesday, Feb 19, from 5-7 p.m. in Room 109 of Carrboro Town Hall

These sessions will not have a formal presentation, but participants will be able to engage with transit staff, review maps and ask questions about the proposals. Input given at sessions will be used to help our planning team to create final route maps and schedules which will be shared again in late spring.

These service changes are products of Chapel Hill’s Short Range Transit Plan, which was made with public input in 2017 and 2018. Service changes are meant to improve service frequency on major transit routes, maintain transit access to the communities we serve, simplify the bus system and improve weekend service, using our existing financial resources.

You can learn more about the short range transit plan and these service changes at: https://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/transit/about-chapel-hill-transit/projects/short-range-transit-plan