Telework has become more prevalent within government agencies, and the latest intelligence from the Office of Personnel Management says employees are pleased! From the environment to the budget, the benefits are far-reaching. But perhaps the most important advantage is to the employees themselves.
All things considered, it’s no surprise adopting collaborative tools in support of a mobile workforce is becoming a top priority for government agencies. These survey results demonstrate just how fast telework opportunities are growing:
In 2012, one out of three government employees were eligible for teleworking, up from one in four in 2012
Almost a quarter of the government workforce engaged in a form of teleworking over the past year
The General Services Administration and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation have the highest rate of teleworkers with more than 80 percent of their employees working remotely
President Barack Obama has been reelected as the 44th president of the United States. And while he may still be holding on to his treasured Blackberry, most of us are more interested in what technology trends he and his administration will pursue to make public sector agencies smarter, faster and more efficient.
To solidify his commitment to furthering technology, Obama made mention of it in his victory speech:
“But despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America’s future; we want our kids to grow up in a country where they access to the best schools and the best teachers. A country that lives up to its legacy as the global leader in technology and discovery and innovation. With all the new jobs and new businesses that follow.”
So looking at Obama’s track record and guarantees, what should the public sector have its eyes on? Take a look at the four technology trends identified by many as likely second-term priorities: Read More »
As a Marine veteran, this day is extremely special to me. First and foremost, I want to express my unending gratitude to those who have bravely served our country, protecting it no matter what the cost. We spent some time on Memorial Day to show our gratitude, but today it’s time to celebrate our veterans of which I’m so proud to be a part.
First, please join me and take a moment to appreciate all of our military service members and express your gratitude by commenting/sharing the video below. From one veteran to another, thank you for all you do for our country.
As a veteran myself I know the struggles, challenges and triumphs our country’s veterans face each day. I’m proud to work for a company that recognizes this as well and provides numerous programs dedicated to the U.S. Military and our veterans. To date, Cisco has hired more than 2,000 U.S. military veterans --including myself--to become part of our Cisco team and we have been ranked in the U.S. Veterans Magazine Top 100 Companies Recruiting Veterans.
Our programs also leverage our technology and resources to support vets, whether it’s using solutions like Cisco TelePresence to connect military personnel in Afghanistan with loved ones back home, with Operation Morale Call, or collaborative technologies to offering free voice messaging services for veterans in transition.
Too often, transitioning from military life to civilian life can be a challenge, and Cisco has dedicated resources to help connect military personnel with career and educational opportunities through programs like Cisco’s Transition Training Academy and Warriors to Work. Cisco even offers information and communications technology training on 21 U.S. Army, Marine and Navy bases. These programs are examples of some of the ways we are working to help veterans, and I am the first to attest to the benefits they offer.
Again, thank you for your service, and Happy Veterans Day!
Learn more about Cisco’s veteran programs here & in Alexis Raymond’s recent blog post.
Over the past few days, the East Coast of the United States has been bracing itself for Hurricane Sandy. While residents have been preparing houses for impact, organizations have been working to ensure continuity of operations despite the intense storm.
While many are directly impacted, there are also those who are or will be indirectly impacted by cancelled flights, the shutdown of mass transit, and other travel-related impact, such as trees down, roads closed, etc. For those workers, the ability to telework could have a tremendous impact on their employer, whether an agency, organization or business.
As a member of the U.S. public sector team at Cisco, I have to say how proud I continue to be of the Cisco team and the repeated internal calls & reminders to monitor our partners, our customers and our colleagues and to keep communication open in case of any issues or concerns. The message has consistently been to be safe, be remote and telework if possible. Read More »