Feds Boost Telework

Emerging evidence has shown that federal employees who telework are as productive as, if not more productive than, those who do not. For employers, telework has been shown to reduce operating costs, reduce the number of sick days taken, increase employee motivation, and increase workforce flexibility in scheduling. This, according to results from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey 2012 that’s been conducted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

“Telework opportunities show a clear positive impact, with clearly higher engagement and satisfaction scores among teleworkers at all pay levels. Telework-eligible employees also grew as a population, from one out of four to one out of three Federal employees,” says OPM director John Berry.

“Additionally, there are social and environmental benefits such as a reduction in the number of cars on the road. This cuts down on air pollution and eases rush hour traffic, which benefits commuters,” the report continues. “For jobs where telework is an option for the employee, agencies should give serious consideration to expanding opportunities for all eligible workers.”

Almost 700,000 employees participated in the survey.

Emerging evidence has shown that federal employees who telework are as productive as, if not more productive than, those who do not. For employers, telework has been shown to reduce operating costs, reduce the number of sick days taken, increase employee motivation, and increase workforce flexibility in scheduling. This, according to results from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey 2012 that’s been conducted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

“Telework opportunities show a clear positive impact, with clearly higher engagement and satisfaction scores among teleworkers at all pay levels. Telework-eligible employees also grew as a population, from one out of four to one out of three Federal employees,” says OPM director John Berry.

“Additionally, there are social and environmental benefits such as a reduction in the number of cars on the road. This cuts down on air pollution and eases rush hour traffic, which benefits commuters,” the report continues. “For jobs where telework is an option for the employee, agencies should give serious consideration to expanding opportunities for all eligible workers.”

Almost 700,000 employees participated in the survey.

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