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.
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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
A special edition of GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER today. We're LIVE! It's the eighth time we’ve met and 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 September 18, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
Our latest guide, "Agency of the Future: Telework More Than a Trend – A Workplace Transformation," features case studies and…Continue
The number of people teleworking in the federal government is a bit murky. The reason for the unclear percentage is that agencies are struggling to report actual numbers to the Office of Personnel Management. Those were the findings of a Government Accountability report.
Yvonne Jones is the Director of Strategic Issues at the GAO. She…Continue
Have you seen the interesting article in the June Harvard Business Review by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and Chris Yeh called “Tours of Duty: The New Employer-Employee Compact”? It gives us a new way to think about our careers – with an emphasis on increased flexibility. Instead of thinking of a career as a series of moves designed to get us up the ladder and into the corner office, the authors suggest that we think about the different stages and work assignments through which we…Continue
Happy Monday GovLoop- last week I gave you all a quick look at some of the research we’ve done at GovLoop. To start of this week, I wanted to get a little more focused, so let’s start off this week talking about one of my favorite topics-…Continue
There are a great many insights we can get on the Federal workforce by looking at the Best Places to Work survey conducted by Partnership for Public Service, but one struck me as particularly revealing. In looking at the data from the 2012 survey, we can see that only four in ten Federal employees believe they will be rewarded for doing good work. This is not surprising, given the impact of the pay freeze, the sequester, and furloughs. A recent article in Excellence in…Continue
A recent Washington Post article about GSA’s move to its newly renovated space with a much smaller footprint provides one key to the potential success of this workplace transformation. It notes that Dan Tangherlini, the GSA Administrator, is demonstrating his commitment to change by giving up his executive office and moving in with the common folk. This is a great idea. Big changes don’t come without some amount of discomfort and dislocation. But they can be successful if the people…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on July 15, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments
The below is taken from an outstanding compendium of best practices developed and circulated by my colleague Alexis Bonnell. She was kind enough to give me…Continue