The Office of Personnel Management estimates that one-third of the almost 300,000 federal employees, including emergency staff in the DC metro area telework when government buildings are closed because of weather.
That's a huge increase from the 8% of federal employees who telework on a weekly basis. So could Hurricane Sandy and super storms like her be the catalyst that would finally ramp up federal teleworking?
Tom Fox is the Vice President for Leadership and Innovation at the Partnership for Public Service. He told me on the DorobekINSIDER program that it's encouraging how many people were able to telework during the storm.
Preparing for Telework -- During a Natural Disaster
Is Sandy a Telework Spring Board?
"If you were able to successfully telework during the storm it does help to build the business case for the broader use of telework. You just need to be able to demonstrate continued or improved performance. It's hard to argue with those types of facts," said Fox.
Don't Want to Be Out of Sight/Out of Mind
"The key is to ensure that you are proactively communicating results and goals to your supervisors. Don't wait for your supervisor to initiate a conversation," said Fox.
Lesson Learned from Sandy
"It is great to use these events as learning opportunities. DC was fairly well prepared for Sandy. And so did New Jersey and New York. But when you look at the devastation, it's important to take not only lessons learned about telework but also about emergency management and communication. It's important to take 30 minutes and figure out what worked really well and what didn't," said Fox.
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