Study: Telework worked during snowstorms
Remember that big snowstorm earlier this year that caused four straight snow days for federal workers? It might be hard to remember during a hot week with temperatures soaring into the 80s -- but let's flash back for a moment:
Obama administration officials want Congress to approve more telework options for federal workers, arguing that the government could save millions of dollars in lost productivity during bad weather if employees could work from home in between shoveling snow and entertaining cabin fevered children.
And a new survey conducted by a federal watchdog finds that at least some federal workers teleworked during "Snowmageddon."
About half of National Labor Relations Board employees at the agency's Washington headquarters who responded to a survey said they worked at home during the closure, and on average, each put in about three hours of work.
Inspector General David Berry commissioned the survey of his headquarters colleagues and 87 percent of coworkers responded.
Two-thirds of them said they use a government-issued laptop that they could take home, if necessary, and agency records show that almost 36 percent of workers with laptops took them home during the storm. (Some survey respondents kindly suggested the agency give them newer laptops to make working from home easier.)
Roughly a quarter of respondents said that at least one of the snow days was already scheduled to be a work-at-home day and six percent were bold enough to show up for work on at least one day during the storm. (Kiss up!)
Though the evidence compiled at NLRB may be scant, it signals there's an ability and willingness among feds to keep working despite the bad weather. Lawmakers have telework bills awaiting their consideration in the House and Senate. It would behoove them to pass the legislation when they return from Memorial Day recess.
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| June 3, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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