Making Telework More Widespread in Government
Telework is slowly gaining a foothold in the federal government, but changing the attitudes of managers and supervisors who want to see their employees face-to-face remains a constant struggle.
A report by Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released in December found that a total of 301,372 federal employees teleworked at least once during fiscal 2012, the most recent data available. This represents about 14 percent of all federal employees and about one-third of those who have been designated as eligible to work remotely.
Stegmeier Consulting’s Insight…
More bad weather headed your way? Take a tip from the government. Sound strange? Take a look at this: At the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where 73 percent of the 11,000 employees telework between one and five days a week, it was business as usual during recent weather-related closings.
The government has become one of the biggest proponents for telework recently and we are not surprised. From their trial period during “Telework Week” to having 73% of an office formally telecommuting, they are making sure to introduce telecommuting to their employees- and effectively.
We remind our clients that they should not see or treat telecommuting as an immediate cost-saving measure. Building an effective, long-term program is an investment. Training, communication, support, technology, and protocols come together to make a telecommuting program successful in the long run. The best advice? Don’t cut corners!
Stegmeier Consulting Group can assist with a wide range of challenges involved in implementing a workplace change initiative. Contact us to find out how our services can help your organization.
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