Eye Opener: Talking telework
Happy Thursday! After four straight snow days, now seems as good a time as any to talk seriously about teleworking options for federal workers.
"About one-third of the D.C. area employees at the Office of Personnel Management and the General Services Administration logged on to their agencies' mainframe computers, probably from their homes," The Post's Joe Davidson writes today. "If the stats for those agencies are indicative of what happened around town, then the blizzard of 2010 may mark a real turning point in Uncle Sam's approach to telework."
"About 103,000 -- or almost 9 percent -- of eligible federal employees telecommuted in 2008, which was an improvement from the year before," according to The Post's Nicole Norfleet.
It's hard to find a fed who disagrees with the concept -- not because it keeps workers away from office politics and the boss, but because they seem to realize it increases their personal productivity.
Expanding teleworking seems easy, but in reality will take some time to spread across the government. So what's a good first step?
Leave your thoughts in the comments section below
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| February 11, 2010; 8:40 AM ET
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