Telework Becoming Core to Supporting Agencies’ Missions

Jan 10, 2013

Telework has become more prevalent within government agencies. The good news is the employees are pleased and satisfied according to studies. From the environment to the budget, the benefits are endless.

According to the 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, the teleworkers are more productive, engaged and satisfied as compared to their on-site counterparts. Other benefits according to this report include reduced number of sick days, higher motivation, and greater workforce benefits.  As a teleworker myself I completely agree with all of above.

Adoption of Collaboration tools in support of a mobile workforce is becoming one of the top priorities for government agencies. Some of the survey results below demonstrate the pace at which telework is growing

  • In 2012, one out of three government employees were eligible for teleworking, up from one in four in 2011.
  • Almost a quarter of the government workforce engaged in a form of teleworking over the past year
  • The GSA and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation have the highest rate of teleworkers with more than 80 percent of their employees working remotely.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office did not stop working during the Sandy storm thanks to their mobile workforce. On average the agency’s teams reported more than 70 percent productivity, while other organizations were forced to shut down. As per one of the research studies conducted by the Telework Exchange federal agencies could save more than $8 billion by utilizing video conferencing.

With employee satisfaction and huge savings on the line, will you see your agency or organization allow employees to work their way more often?

In addition, in the coming months organizations will be embracing teleworking during Telework Week 2013.  Sponsored by theTelework Exchange, the event encourages agencies, organizations and individuals to pledge to allow more employees to telework during that week.

We at GTSI can provide necessary tools to enable telework. Are you ready to save some valuable dollars in this challenging economy?