Oh the stories that have emerged about Federal employee’s week off during snowpocalyse. The comments on Mike Causey’s recent story about the snow and telework sum up the issue. While OPM provides guidance on telework during Government closure, OPM also clearly states “…non-emergency employees (including employees on pre-approved paid leave) will be granted excused absence (administrative leave) for the number of hours they were scheduled to work.
Besides the desire to do a good job what incentive is there for telework employees to be productive during official closures when their colleagues are earning admin leave? There isn’t any! Why should you log into the system when you co-workers aren’t available to read emails, complete action items, or simply do their job? You might aw well get out and shovel like the rest of the city (or take part in a snowball fight).
If the Government can provide incentives for employees to work (I know, you get paid for working, novel idea huh?) and until there is a culture change in Washington, telework during Government closures will remain the exception rather than the rule.
What do you think?
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