I agree — folks who are able to take advantage of the flexibility provided by telecommuting infrastructure should be expected telework when the gov’t is closed it has been for past three days… but the leaders should make that expectation clear as part of the telework agreement.
I did some preliminary digging to find out what the policy was from OPM and within the Coast Guard. I think the relevant OPM guidance is in the Washington, DC Area Dismissal or Closure Procedures.
In the description of Telework on page 3, it says, “Any requirement that a teleworker continue to work if the agency closes (or dismisses employees early) on his or her teleworkday or on any of his or her regularly scheduled workdays should be included in the employee’s written telework agreement.”
I’ve signed telework agreements for some of the civil servants on my team to telework one day every two weeks, but I don’t remember what, if anything, the agreement said about working when the agency was closed. The expectation should have been clear in the agreement. If I’d done that, it would have removed the “it’s not fair” from the equation.
These past few days have been a wakeup for many of us to ensure teleworking expectations are clarified so the agency can be more effective for… grandson of snowmageddon?
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