Telework to Expand for Federal Jobs
Chris McConnell | GovCentral
Being aware of telework opportunities is also a limiting factor. Agency Telework Coordinators have created training programs to educate employees and managers of the opportunities available to them. To find your Agency Telework Coordinator, click here.
Agencies have also taken action by increasing their IT expenditures to solve the security challenges that telework presents.
In an effort to split the difference and maintain an office work environment, while reducing the stress associated with long commutes, the General Services Administration (GSA) operates 14 telework centers in the greater DC area.
OPM leadership continue to reinvigorate the federal workforce and its approach to telework. Last November, Government Executive explored telework as a tool to enhance the effectiveness of the federal workforce. They quote Katie Corrigan, co-director of the Workplace Flexibility 2010 project at Georgetown University Law School, who describes:
the goal of a true workplace flexibility program shouldn’t be simply to shunt all workers into telework programs, or schedules with core required hours, or compressed work schedules, which Corrigan said are “a pretty rigid.” Instead, a truly flexible workplace would allow employees to move between schedules and arrangements that were most convenient for them at any given time as long as their performance stayed strong.
Shifting away from rigid schedules and mandatory hours is certainly a goal for OPM Director John Berry. In a November speech at Syracuse University, Berry describes a results-only work environment (ROWE) that would unshackle employees from their desks.
“It would treat our employees like responsible adults, and if we do it right, with proper training for workers and managers and flexibilities like telework and alternate work schedules, it will boost morale, increase productivity and deliver good value to our taxpayers,” Berry said.