Dorothy Ramienski Amatucci started the topic Telework: Terrific … or Trouble with a capital “T”? in the forum Human Resources 7 years, 8 months ago
The debate has been going on probably since the computer was invented, so it might sound like I’m beating a dead horse, but … does telework, well, work?
Two recent articles from GovExec peaked my interest this week, if only because I find it fascinating that some federal departments and agencies are still struggling with telecommuting. (Or are they?)
Some say it’s all in the nomenclature. In the article, ‘Telework’ isn’t working, some say, one GSA official explains that getting agencies and federal managers to jump on the telework bandwagon has been difficult in part because the very word makes a lot of people nervous. Changing the name, some argue, might ease the minds of office decision makers.
But that’s not all!
Some employees themselves balk at the idea because they often have to shoulder the costs. Feds are paying for some telework technology themselves highlights the results of a study from the Telework Exchange which says that many feds who telecommute often have to foot the bill for equipment or connectivity themselves.
So, what is an agency or department to do? Should there be government-wide standards for this sort of thing? Should the decision be left up to the office manager? Department head? Are the standards already in place working … or hindering … the federal teleworker?
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