John Monroe replied to the topic The federal workplace will never change. Telework? Fuggedaboudit! in the forum Forum Discussions 11 years, 2 months ago
Federal managers need to stop worrying about where their employees are working and start focusing on what work is getting done. That’s the basic message of an article we recently posted by Deloitte’s Anne Weisberg and William D. Eggers as part of the FCW Challenge. They say that the concept of a results only work environment is not only feasible, but necessary.
They say they know it is feasible, because thousands of federal employees already telework, as was most apparent when the Washington, D.C. area was paralyzed by a blizzard earlier this year. For days on end, federal managers couldn’t worry about where their employees were. They only cared that the work was done.
Ultimately, however, that mindset is less about accommodating employees and more about setting higher expectations.
“Once you think of work this way, then it’s easy to see how managers and their teams need to be more explicit and transparent about performance expectations, and more coordinated about how to meet those expectations.” Weisberg and Eggers write. “’Management by walking around’ is replaced by managing to results – and giving the team a lot of say in how they achieve those outcomes. Organizations that embrace this way of working have more engaged workers and achieve greater results.”
Read the full article here and let us know what you think.
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