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
Today the Australian and New Zealand Governments, along with founding partner, Cisco, officially open the inaugural Telework Week 2012. In Australia we are kicking the week off with The Telework Congress at Melbourne University, which will include presentations from an exciting lineup of speakers, including the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
(If you have not yet signed up for Telework week, it’s not too late, Australians can do so hereand New Zealanders can do sohere)
Australian Prime Minister Gillard opens the Telework Congress and National Telework Week with a live Cisco TelePresence keynote from Canberra. Showcasing the technologies that underpin teleworking, Gillard is the highest possible champion for telework in Australia.
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 »
Working from anywhere has its benefits —and increased productivity is one of them! I speak from personal experience as well as from Cisco’s evaluation of the productivity of 20,000 full-time teleworkers, which found that 60% of the time employees saved by not commuting went back to the company. With those kind of numbers, it’s no wonder more companies are increasingly adopting telecommuting policies. The private sector is already reaping the benefits and now it’s time for federal agencies to experience the same rewards.
In the video below, Cisco Federal CTO Dan Kent discusses how adopting flexible telecommuting policies and boosting employee productivity go hand in hand.
It’s been over ten years since my last visit to the beautiful city of Washington D.C. It’s always great to visit all my favorite monuments and historical landmarks such as the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. I wish I could tell you more about my wonderful dinners at the Old Ebbitt Grill or Brassaire Beck; but onto more important things.
As I walk through downtown, looking around, I was thinking to myself, how much things have changed since my last visit. Gone are the days of disposable cameras, brochures and maps -- everyone around me is using a smart phone to take photos, launching Google maps to find the Smithsonian, or scanning QR codes at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum to view additional factoids as they were walking about the museum. Everything is going mobile!
I’m here this week to attend the 12th semi-annual Telework Exchange Fall Town Hall meeting – “Mobility in the Fast Lane” focused on mobile IT and the mobile workforce. While I was here, my colleagues and I had the utmost pleasure to interview 9 government and industry leaders discussing topics such as security, standards, technologies and telework benefits and challenges within their agencies. It was fascinating to hear from these leaders how they are working in different ways to transform their agencies to better serve the American people, grow their workforce and create a balanced work-life environment for their employees. Read More »