A group which will monitor and share the progress made with Results Only Work Environment in the federal government.
Another Article from FCW
April 7, 2010 at 11:51 am #96932
Telework unlocks workplace flexibility, union leader says
Colleen Kelley takes her message straight to the top: the White House
* By Federal Daily
* Apr 06, 2010
An expanded telework program is one of the best ways to bring real flexibility to the federal workplace, Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), said during a White House forum to examine the state of flexible work arrangements.
Kelley spoke at the March 31 White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility, hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, which examined ways that the government might help American workers juggle the twin demands of work and family.
April 7, 2010 at 11:57 am #96948
April 7, 2010 at 12:01 pm #96946
Henry, I’m missing the obstacle to ROWE implementation in this article … could you clarify.
April 7, 2010 at 12:26 pm #96944
April 7, 2010 at 12:29 pm #96942
April 7, 2010 at 1:26 pm #96940
@Henry – Yes, the primary barrier to ROWE is lack of trust between employees and their supervisors. When the employee is at work, the supervisor can physically see the employee at the desk working (although looking busy can be faked). Without actually seeing the employee at their desk, the supervisor can’t verify that the employee is working.
To me, it makes much more sense to measure productivity than presence but making that cultural change seems to be the biggest obstacle.
April 7, 2010 at 1:34 pm #96938
This is a real obstacle. I struggled with a manager not very many years ago to get telework privileges. It wasn’t a performance issue, but a belief by the manager that I needed to be physically present, just a few feet down the hall, in order to be responsive when he needed something.
I won 🙂 and did telework, and everything went very smoothly. I think I helped a little to break down his bias against telework. There are many managers out there that rely on the physical presence of their employees.
To be fair, an aversion to telework is justified for some employees. Telework also depends on the self-discipline and accountability of the employee. For some people, the flexibility that ROWE will provide will be a huge incentive and increase productivity and motivation. Others will flounder with the lack of office structure.
I am very interested to see how this progresses.
April 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm #96936
OK, I see what you’re referring to now … thanks.
April 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm #96934
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