Virtual Teams

Teleworkers should work more weeks than office staff

Federal officials in the USA are apparently trying to boost the amount of time that government employees telecommute to their jobs. Only 5 percent of 1.9 million federal employees telework.

Telework reduces the cost for office space, aids recruitment and retention and reduces rush hour traffic.

However the idea has faced resistance from middle managers according to the Washington Examiner.

One agency last year told all teleworking employees that they had to do three extra weeks of work a year because they weren’t sitting in traffic like their colleagues in the office. The telecommuting numbers immediately dropped.

Often resistance to teleworking is led by managers who do not have the skills or confidence to manage people remotely, employees love the flexibility but managers worry about lack of control.

I have worked remotely for 20 years now and just about everyone in our company does too – I am convinced that people working remotely (for many but not all roles) are more effective and work longer than office based people who take more breaks and spend more time on social chit chat.

But only in government could managers propose to penalize people for saving their own commuting time.

Educate yourself further with a few more or our online insights:

30 years of experience learning with a range of world class clients

We work with a wide range of clients from global multinationals to recent start-ups. Our audiences span all levels, from CEOs to operational teams around the world.  Our tools and programs have been developed for diverse and demanding audiences.

View more of our clients
Two woman talking with a cup of coffee

Tailored training or off the shelf modules for your people development needs

We are deep content experts in remote, virtual and hybrid working, matrix management and agile & digital leadership. We are highly flexible in how we deliver our content and ideas. We can tailor content closely to your specific needs or deliver off the shelf bite sized modules based on our existing IP and 30 years of training experience.

For more about how we deliver our keynotes, workshops, live web seminars and online learning.

Discover our training solutions