On Dec. 9, 2010, President Obama signed the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010. The act included provisions designed to help support telecommuting by federal employees including the need for a telework policy, telework training programs and a notification system so that employees will know if they are eligible for teleworking opportunities.
This week marked the first major deadline of this act; agencies were required to establish a telework policy, determine employee eligibility and notify employees of this eligibility by June 7, 2011. A new report by the Telework Exchange examines the government’s progress towards the teleworking goals.
Highlights from the report include:
- 86 percent of federal agencies have established a telework policy
- 84 percent have determined which employees will be eligible to telecommute
- 76 percent have notified their employees of this eligibility
- 84 percent of agencies surveyed have filled the Telework Managing Office (TMO) position
- 78 percent have established a telework training program
- 72 percent of employees are eligible to telework
- 32 percent of employees are teleworking (in some capacity) today
- 62 percent is the future telework participation goal
The report also reveals several challenges being faced by those in charge of implementing the telework programs, including capturing data and managing program metrics, management support and technology support.
“Federal agencies are continuing to keep their finger on the telework pulse,” says Cindy Auten, general manager of Telework Exchange. “We see that the majority of agencies fundamentally understand “why telework.” As agencies' programs continue to grow, we encourage leaders to leverage telework as a tool to meet agency requirements, including reducing real estate investments, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, maintaining a productive workforce, and/or recruiting a new generation of valued workers.”