Telework implementation not moving fast enough

Sunday - 11/20/2011, 8:50pm EST

By Julia Ziegler
Federal News Radio

Almost a year after the Telework Enhancement Act was signed into law, a new survey shows 69 percent of IT executives don't believe the federal government is moving quick enough when it comes to implementing telework.

FedScoop surveyed more than 300 federal government and private sector executives for the survey.

According to the results, 9 in 10 federal managers trust their employees to telework but only 61 percent of feds said their managers actually allow them to telework.

"The results of the survey showed us that although government managers report trusting their employees to work remotely, the practices aren't necessarily in place to make this possible," said Goldy Kamali, founder and president of FedScoop.

43 percent of federal employees responding to the survey said they need better equipment and technology in order to telework effectively. Only 13 percent of those in industry said the same.

Respondents were also asked to name what they see as the top benefits to telework.

  • 89 percent said it saves them time.
  • 86 percent said it enhances their quality of life.
  • 79 percent said it saves them money.
  • 75 percent said it increases productivity.
  • 72 percent like telework for its environmental benefits.
  • 54 percent said it allows them to spend more time with their families.

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