Terrence Hill

I happen to be the telework coordinator for my agency. My supervisor is supportive of the concept, but leadership often gives mixed messages. For instance, many leaders do not telework themselves, implying that if you want to get ahead, you will follow suit. Also, many still insist that meetings be held in-person/face-to-face, regardless of whether we “have an app for that.” Lastly, many leaders insist that employees trade-off other freedoms in order to telework, sometimes requiring extensive reporting requirements, bartering for flexible work schedules, or requiring frequent “check-ins.” Fundamentally, there is a lack of trust, which is essential to successfully implementing telework.