Allison Primack started the topic How do you include teleworkers into office culture? in the forum Communications, Citizen Engagement, Customer Service 8 years, 10 months ago
I know there are a ton of posts on GovLoop on telework — but very few, if any, have discussed one of the major downsides of telework – feeling left out of office culture.
I am a fellow at GovLoop, where telework is the norm. This has been great, because it allows our employees to take vacations, be at home if we are not feeling well, or even live outside of Washington, DC and still get our work done.
In my case, after living in Washington DC for the school year, teleworking has allowed me to continue this fellowship from my home in California. Because I have worked at GovLoop for a while I know the routine and have a set schedule, so I figured that working from home would be just like working from the office.
However, I quickly discovered that teleworking for a day here and there is very different than teleworking all the time. Yes, you are getting up in the morning and doing your same work, but instead of doing it in a room full of coworkers were you can interact and bounce off ideas (and have some fun along the way), you are alone at home. Don’t get me wrong – my coworkers have done an excellent job of making sure I have been included, and still feel like a part of the team… daily g-chats, biweekly video conferences, etc. But I can easily see how this can take a wrong turn if you don’t have coworkers that are dedicated to keeping teleworkers employees in the loop.
So GovLoopers, I ask you…
How do you include teleworkers in your office culture?
Teleworkers — do you often feel disconnected/left out? What would you want your office to do to make you feel more connected?
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