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Telework – the next big employee benefit

August 23, 2010
at 4:11 pm PST

A new report released this week from the analyst firm, Gartner, highlights some ways that the government can save money during the ongoing recession. It came as no surprise to us at Break Down the Walls that telework was among the list of cost-cutting initiatives.

In the report, Gartner advised government CIOs to implement telework as a way to reduce costs and as a benefit for workers who are facing salary freezes, furloughs and other cost-cutting measures.

So, in light of the cost-cutting and moral-boosting benefits of telework, why do some managers still resist embracing it?

According to our very own Jason Morwick of Cisco, who recently talked with Federal News Radio host Chris Dorobek:

“…the biggest hurdles are not usually around technology, but around leadership, change management and dealing with an organizational culture. For example, what we call the ‘out of sight, out of mind syndrome’ — a perception of inequality or unfairness between office workers and teleworkers. Or, perhaps it’s trust issues.”

The belief that teleworking employees will skip work or not complete their tasks is just one of the myths of telework that we’ve been working hard to disprove on the blog. This is why we were happy to read a post on the Dorobek Insider which joined us in extolling the benefits of telework and the many positive reasons why the time for telework in the federal government has arrived.

It’s time for change in the way the federal government manages their people. It’s time to embrace telework.

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