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How Telework Makes Better Bosses and Top-Notch Teams [Infograph]

GovLoop is pleased to unveil our newest infographic, which aims to demonstrate how telework is a skill builder for managers and force multiplier for teams.

I've learned a lot over the last seven years as a full-time teleworking employee - both as a manager and as a member of geographically-dispersed project teams. One of the biggest lessons is that telework forces both managers and team members to hone their communication skills and think more intentionally about the way they get work done most productively.

Yet the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) "2012 Status of Telework in the Federal Government" reveals that "Management resistance" is still the primary barrier to telework (see page 38 of that report for a dramatic illustration).

That's why I am excited to have received the support of HP and worked with my creative GovLoop colleagues (Steve Ressler, Pat Fiorenza and Jeff Ribeira) to produce the infographic below. If you think it helps managers to reframe their view of telework, please share it broadly!

(Click here to download the image as a PDF)



Do you agree that telework can
achieve this kind of impact?

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Comment by Robert Martin on March 10, 2014 at 9:23am

Telework +1! From a web developer with a 1.25hr one way commute.

Comment by Deirdra Bullock on May 1, 2013 at 11:35am

Love the graphic! Really wish I had a poster size to put up in our center.


I currently telework and there is definitely less distraction and I can actually get something accomplished. Same tasks in my office don't get done half as fast!

Comment by Naomi S. Leventhal, Ph.D. on April 12, 2013 at 9:42am

Great graphic! Shows the critical skills that any manager needs - but puts them in the context of a virtual work environment. Like the focus on trust (the big culture issue) and productivity (the big performance issue).

Comment by Megan on April 11, 2013 at 2:23am

Yay for telework! 


No more long delays in traffic, no more office politics, no more ignorant bullies, just a clear focus on work and deliverables.

Comment by Terrence (Terry) Hill on April 8, 2013 at 1:46pm

Like your disclaimer says "This is Not a Magical Formula..." but it's a great way to capture the essence of the argument for managers to support telework.  It will take a LOT of convincing for some managers, so teleworkers need all the ammunition (infographics) that they can use to support their thesis that this is a better way to work.

Comment by Andrew Krzmarzick on April 8, 2013 at 10:36am

Thanks, David, Meredith, Ami and Terry!

Terry - You were there "way back when" we created that "Telework for Managers" pilot course. In many ways, this resource flows from those early lessons. Do you think this is usable in a classroom / office setting to make the case?

Comment by Terrence (Terry) Hill on April 8, 2013 at 7:09am

Great infographic Andy!  I like the balanced approach of emphasizing the positives and negatives of both office and telework.  The right solution is to find the right combination of both for you.  I also like the fact that the end result is the "World's Best Boss."  Pretty cool that you used a "chalkboard" theme too.  Good work!

Comment by Ami Wazlawik on April 5, 2013 at 10:57am

Great infographic! I agree with David that telework can be effective when done right. As someone who is easily interrupted by distractions in an office setting and who does better work in quiet, private spaces, I think telework is a great idea.

Comment by Meredith McQuoid-Greason on April 5, 2013 at 10:23am

I love this infographic! Many thanks and kudos to Andrew, Steve, Pat, and Jeff. I definitely plan to share this at my office.

Comment by David B. Grinberg on April 4, 2013 at 8:07pm

Awesome infograph, Andy.  Yes, telework does work when done right.  Check out:

Telework in Trouble? Why Mass Implementation is Needed Now

How to Make Telework Actually Work Government-wide

Death of the Office? Branson Says Yes

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