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What Is the #1 Enabler of a Mobile Workforce?
August 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm #138749
Flexible work environments?
Laptops and mobile phones?
Secure, remote log-ins?
Awesome managers that can stomach not seeing their employees every day?
What’s the #1 thing that’s a game changer when it comes to enabling a mobile, government workforce?
August 16, 2011 at 5:05 pm #138753
An easy answer from my perspective, Andy.
The number one enabler of a mobile workforce is strong leadership that wants it to happen.
– The technology exists
– The policies can be written or swiped
– Security can be titrated to make the risks acceptable
– The financial business case for enabling a mobile work force is strong
– The workforce can be properly prepared and managed
We need leaders with the will to make it happen. In turn, they need a team that can run the issues to ground.
August 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm #138751
One word: trust! If managers were managing by results, rather than ‘butts in seats’, they wouldn’t have to worry about not seeing their employees.
Our Telework Savings Calculator™ estimates federal government savings of over $6.5 billion a year with one-day-a-week telework among those who are both eligible and say they would work from home if allowed.
Based on OPM’s estimated five year cost to fund a government-wide telework program of $30 million over five years, that’s a return on investment of over 1083 times. Even without the savings, the cost is less than half of OPM’s estimate of the lost federal productivity from a single snow day. Yet, while the Telework Enhancement Act (H.R. 1722) mandated more telework, the absence of associated funding needed to carry out its directive is making it impossible for agencies to comply.
Using the government’s own assumptions about the return on investment of telework (2005 GSA study), here’s a breakdown of the $6.5 billion in annual savings:*
– Increase productivity by almost $2 billion a year (21,495 person-years)
– Save over $1.3 million in real estate
– Save $1.9 billion in absenteeism and turnover
Federal employees would:
– Save almost a week of time they would have otherwise spent commuting
– Save $800-$2,200 in work-related expenses
The government would:
– Save $6.5 million in imported oil
– Reduce greenhouse gases by 12 thousand tonnes—the equivalent of taking 2,200 cars off the road
– Save over 2.6 million in accident-related costs
While 61% of the 2 million federal civilian workforce holds a telework-compatible job (per OPM), less than 8% of those eligible do so on a regular basis. Beyond compliance with the H.R. 1722, telework initiatives can also help agencies comply with other federal mandates and objectives such as reducing real property holdings, consolidating data centers, assuring continuity of operations, reducing the deficit, lowering greenhouse gases, adopting mobile technology, improving work-life balance for employees, reducing dependence on foreign oil and many others.
Thirty million dollars over five years to save $6.5 billion a year, seems like a pretty good bet.
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