What a crazy winter we've had!
For many of you, today is another snow day with school closings, winter alerts, and road closures. And it's March!
So how do you leverage snowstorms to improve your agency? Is there a silver lining in midst of all this snow?
Here are my 3 ways to use snowstorms to improve your agency:
A few weeks ago, we had a case where the GovLoop team had to meet some pretty tight deadlines for delivery on a project. When the DC area got hit by a snowstorm, our team stayed home for unscheduled telework. Our team works collaboratively, so when deadlines are tight, and we are now all thrown into a new environment, we had to refocus our internal communications so we didn’t miss a beat.
What was great was that we didn’t miss on delivering the project. There were no major…Continue
Added by Thomas Buchanan on February 20, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
A special edition of GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER today. We're LIVE! We are doing this at least once each month this year. The idea is simple: get smart people together and share ideas because we believe that the real power of information comes when it is shared.…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on February 19, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
"What is it going to take for government to slither out of the primordial goo and realize that their workplaces and work practices are teetering on the edge of extinction?"
Kate Lister, the President of Global Workplace Analytics, reports to the Federal Times earlier this month the results of a survey conducted with over 100 Federal telework leaders. Here is a link to the article:…Continue
Today is a snow day for government employees in DC. Oh, wait, never mind. You still have to get to the office but you are allowed a two-hour delayed arrival time due to inclement weather in the DC area. Some federal government employees may choose to brave the weather and make their way through the snow to get to work, while others will take advantage of the opportunity to take an unscheduled …Continue
"Agency of the Future: Guide to
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Let's face it, the Telework Enhancement Act needs to be enhanced.
Beefing up the three year-old law is necessary for telework to flourish at all agencies across government.
In short, remote work…Continue
The principal difference between the 21st century workplace and the 20th century (19th century?) work culture in which so many of us live is flexibility. While some organizations have made a commitment to an outcomes-based approach to meeting mission objectives, others are still stuck in a…Continue
Added by Naomi S. Leventhal, Ph.D. on December 13, 2013 at 11:08am — No Comments
Due to snow, federal agencies in, D.C. are closed Tuesday.
OPM said emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency's policies, including written telework agreements.
(The information below is copied…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on December 10, 2013 at 7:35am — No Comments
If you are committed to exploring options for workplace mobility, then you should check out an organization called New Ways of Working (NewWOW). This organization, a consortium that focuses on alternative workplace solutions, has just released a benchmarking study based on data from July 2013 that sheds light on what is happening in the private sector with respect to the adoption of workplace mobility programs. Their survey looked at strategies used by 169 different organizations, about a…Continue
Added by Naomi S. Leventhal, Ph.D. on November 12, 2013 at 11:27am — No Comments
It’s time for those of us who promote a mobile work concept that seeks to get people out of the office to celebrate what happens when they are in the office. We have seen the articles quoting Federal workers on how happy they are to be back at work after the shutdown. And many of them say that one reason that they are happy to be back is that they have missed their office families. While the option to work outside the confines of the cubicle farm provides critical flexibility for…Continue
Added by Naomi S. Leventhal, Ph.D. on November 1, 2013 at 1:32pm — No Comments
Leaders are trying to use measurements as their swimming goggles. It is the major technique they are relying on. My beef with measures is that we are not applying them proportionally. - Martha Johnson.
You've probably heard the phrase, "measure twice and cut once." But in government it seems like we are measuring eight times.
In the fourth and final part our interview with Martha Johnson we talk…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on October 25, 2013 at 1:11pm — No Comments
"At GSA I encountered an insidious war between the Rights government and the Performance government.” - Martha Johnson.
Back in the 1800s the US passed legislation that created the civil service. The objective of the legislation was change the civil service from a rewards system where you got your job just if you voted for someone to a life-long pursuit.
Added by Emily Jarvis on October 24, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation many never come again. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas? We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on October 23, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
There is such a good story surrounding GSA, it’s a story of innovation and stewardship for the government. I feel that story needs to be front and center for people. I feel even though I am no longer in a leadership position at GSA, it is still a good thing to do, to carry that message, not to be diminished by a scandal that had proportionally a very different kind of meaning but had huge reach in the press. - Martha Johnson. …Continue
Tools, gadgets, gizmos galore. These days technology is outpacing the culture at many workplaces. You might have the tools in place to telework but not the management style. But one thing everyone can agree on is that without the tools there is no telework.
In our latest guide, "Agency of the Future: Telework More Than a Trend – A Workplace Transformation,"…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on October 1, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
We spend a lot of time talking about why the mobile workplace is important, how to create a mobile workplace, what technology to use, and how to overcome manager resistance. All of these topics are important, but I thought it might be worthwhile to consider how one person makes it work on a regular basis. To be successful requires conscious commitment. When we work in an office, it is easy to sleepwalk through the day. Drive to the metro, get to the office, grab a cup of coffee at the local…Continue
Added by Naomi S. Leventhal, Ph.D. on September 30, 2013 at 1:57pm — No Comments
It should be common knowledge by now that remote work will eventually transform the way government functions on a universal level, whether detractors of telework like it or not.
However, the tedious path to government-wide…Continue
You’ve probably heard about the negatives surrounding telework plenty of times: security risks, loose agency culture, loss of innovation. One of my big frustrations with telework is it sometimes feels like we keep having the same conversation over and over again.
In our latest guide, "Agency of the Future: Telework More Than a Trend – A Workplace Transformation," took a slightly…Continue