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Telework Exchange Town Hall: Preview

Tomorrow, I’m heading to Washington D.C. for the Telework Exchange Town Hall.

The Town Hall Meeting “Mobility in the Fast Lane” will focus on mobile IT and the mobile workforce with 30 government and industry leaders keyotes and panel discussions on what it takes to build and manage a secure, mobile workforce. 

We will be capturing the highlights from each of the sessions in a blog series and sharing video interviews with keynote speakers and panelists. 

 

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The Australian government reaps benefits from telework and looks to expand services

At Cisco we believe that when governments keep pace with the latest technologies they improve efficiency and better serve their constituents.

Australia is known as a government at the forefront of technological innovation. Since 2009 the Australian government has rolled out 36 Cisco TelePresence units across Australia, in Commonwealth offices, Prime Minister and Cabinet offices, Parliament House and state government offices.

The Australian Government has participated in more than 1800 meetings via Cisco TelePresence and has saved more than $26 million in travel costs since deploying in 2009. This is double the amount of savings the country anticipated, according to a recent ZDNet article. So it’s no surprise that the country is looking to expand its telepresence usage.

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Department of Defense Latest to Establish Telework Policy

With an ever increasing mobile workforce the adoption of telework initiatives has increased dramatically, as the benefits begin to outweigh the perceived hurdles.

Following on the heels of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, to help accelerate teleworking initiatives, the Department of Defense (DoD) recently announced a new teleworking policy for the civilian workforce.

This new policy requires DoD department heads to promote telework within their respective departments, exhaust all efforts to overcome barriers to program implementation, authorize telework for the maximum number of positions without compromising mission readiness, and integrate telework into continuity of operations activities.

A recent surveyconducted by Telework Exchange among federal IT employees found that 59 percent of respondents expect more regular teleworkers in the next two years; 65 percent of agencies polled scored an “A” or “B” in telework IT readiness.

As trends, such as Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD), continuing to take hold, young professionals entering the workforce have started to request teleworking benefits. I previously discussed the importance for organizations eager to recruit to embrace technologies, like telepresence, that support anywhere, anytime collaboration.

Telepresence is a huge part of ensuring teleworking is as efficient as possible; incorporating video is a great way to stay connected to colleagues and preserve relationships. You can find more tips on how to maintain a productive telework environment here.

One thing is for sure, telework isn’t going anywhere. It’s already illustrated the cost savings and employee productivity benefits to organizations already implementing a telework plan. As we move forward, we are going to see a number of other initiatives from federal agencies as well as organizations around the globe looking to take hold of these benefits.

Does your employer have some telework initiative in place? Please share your thoughts.

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It’s Not Where You Are, But What You Do

The explosion of mobile devices has changed the way we work, live, and play. Gone are the days of being tethered to PC’s in our home offices or desktops at work. We can now literally take our job on the road and access our desktops and applications from anywhere, anyplace, anytime.

On the road again..

Two years ago, I was a part–time contractor at Cisco and thought it was pretty cool to have the choice to telework and perform my job remotely from any location. With a trusty laptop running my virtual desktop,  I was able to be mobile, do my job as a Cisco employee with meetings via WebEx,  meet other clients and,  take my son to his baseball practices –  all with the freedom and flexibility of work life balance Cisco provides.


Desktop virtualization moves data, voice, and video productivity applications now used on phones and computers onto servers in the data center. This creates a nimble virtual workspace for any agency user who can access their virtual desktop they choose from any device they bring or own in support of their agency’s policy of BYOD.

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21st century government work…how is your workspace changing?

This week the Whitehouse released a Presidential Memorandum — Building a 21st Century Digital Government and unveiled a new mobile initiative intended to reshape how government agencies utilize mobile platforms to serve the public. 

The strategy focuses on providing citizens and an increasingly mobile government workforce access to digital government information and services anywhere, anytime, on any device.

I have the opportunity to work with global government leaders around the world from cities and counties to national government agencies including public safety, the courts, civilian agencies, and national security.  Many are seeing a shift to mobile communications and information sharing and a shift from fixed desktop PCs to smart phones, laptops, and tablets.

A mobile government workforce is more productive, helps government achieve key initiatives such as telework, and enhances the employee experience. 

Remote teleworker initiatives are driving not only a change in where government work is done but also a  shift towards bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives. 

A benefit for this change in the government workspace is the productivity improvements and cost savings that result. Recently, the Telework Exchange and Cisco hosted the “Ramp Up Your Savings: Measuring the Telework Returns” with best practices and tools to measure the benefits of Telework including cost savings.   

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