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Telework and VTC save government from itself

April 16, 2010 - 0 Comments

In a recent post on Break Down the Walls, we discussed the benefits of telework for government employees and how it can help keep the government working when weather, pandemic flu and other situations make it difficult or impossible for government employees to make it into the office.

However, it’s not always a natural disaster, disease epidemic or unprecedented storm like snowpocolypse that makes continuation of operations difficult for government offices. Sometime the government downright does it to itself.

Take the Nuclear Security Summit for example. The Summit was where President Barack Obama met with top leaders of more than 40 nations. Although historic in its scope and topic, the Summit created a security, transportation and logistical nightmare in Washington, D.C.

The result? Numerous convoys and buses filled with world leaders, their handlers and other important dignitaries crowded the roads, caused serious delays and made transportation in and around the nation’s capital move at a pace that could only make molasses jealous.

The delays were so serious, that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) advised federal employees to avoid coming into the office. They instead encouraged telework, commuting at different hours or just taking paid time off.

With so many government employees unable to get to their offices in downtown D.C., the potential for the government to come to a halt was high, and the need for telework even higher. However, many government offices have been hesitant to welcome the Obama Administration and OPM’s calls to embrace telework. Also, teleworking itself can create some problems for agencies when it comes to communication and collaboration.

A great way to combat these problems is to implement video teleconferencing (VTC) solutions, such as TANDBERG’s Movi solution which can turn any computer into a video teleconferencing solution. VTC enable government employees to communicate as if they are in the same room, which helps to combat issues that may arise with communication and collaboration. Also, since superiors can physically see their employees, they can feel more comfortable that work is being accomplished and that employees are properly supervised.

As President Obama himself recently said, work is what you do, not where you go. By breaking down the walls separating government employees and enabling telework, VTC ensures that the government can keep working even when it is its own worse enemy. Now that’s a new way of working!

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