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Virginia’s recent Telework Day proved successful, with more than 4,000 federal, state or private sector employees participating. Sponsored by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Telework Exchange, the event was designed as a “low-risk” way for agencies and organizations to experiment with telework and to help break down the psychological barriers that many organizations have against telework.

Some of the findings included that 22 percent of event participants had not previously teleworked, while 25 percent had worked remotely on occasion. Seventy eight percent of participants did not encounter any problems during the experience, and the experience convinced 91 percent of participants to consider working remotely in the future.

As the federal government looks to possibly hire more than 250,000 workers to replace those retiring over the next three years, it would be prudent for them to consider telework as they move forward. Telework not only can make the government a more attractive employer, but it also increases productivity and efficiency, and supports work/life balance, a cleaner environment, business stability, retention and relief on the roadways.

Taking telework to the next level is the next step – by adding video conferencing into the mix, employers and employees get the added bonus of face-to-face time with each other no matter where the employee works. Face-to-face communications eliminates the miscues and misunderstandings that can come from regular phone or email communication.

Do you telework? What benefits do you experience from it?

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