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  • Teleworking: Anecdotal to Actuality
    Celtic Wolf
    My only question about the honesty behind telework (flexiplace) is "If you can work from home and be productive", then why is it that all good SES and senior level positions MUST be in DC? That is, if we are moving to a virtual government, then why do all the good jobs get posted in DC (if Congress and others promote telework). This to me is the confirmation that telework is just another justification for the high paid and very arrogant DC based folks to get another perk. As opposed to us hard working peons in the field. I am allowed to telework, yet must produce the work of two or more people because the folks in DC do little if anything except send us controls and correspondence with short due deadlines. (and never timely because they themselves do little on Monday or Friday while working at home --- where they await the repairman, await the doctor appointment and such - and god forbid answer an email. Bottomline: Telework is just another word for DC laziness.
    Celtic Wolf
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  • Telework is just another word for laziness?
    Moderate
    Celtic Wolf-You made some good points until you got to the end. That last point is uncalled for. I am not in DC or anywhere near it. I rarely work from home although it is my choice to do so. I know some people who do so. Some do it full time and some do it part time. My manager does it part time and I can reach him via email during normal working hours. I do not evaluate others work so I cannot talk about their productivity. You probably have a valid point with the higher level jobs. Do not mix it up with teleworking.
    worker
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  • Telework is just another work for laziness?
    Celtic Wolf
    Stuart C - you are correct...I over-stepped and regret any reflection on those hard workers in DC (teleworkers)...thanks for checking me on that....
    Celtic Wolf
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  • Telework is just another work for laziness?
    Celtic Wolf
    Stuart C - you are correct...I over-stepped and regret any reflection on those hard workers in DC (teleworkers)...thanks for checking me on that....
    Celtic Wolf
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  • "...why is it that all good SES and senior level positions MUST be in DC?"
    FERS Fed
    Because DC is the location of the White House, Congress, OMB and Agency Heads – all of whom require 'face time', sometimes urgently, with those they oversee. If you've ever bothered to look at how positions are graded, you'd know that any position's level of internal/external interaction is THE key element in establishing a grade level. As for, "...us hard working peons in the field.", I wish I had a dollar for every time I've had to correct some incomprehensible correspondence or flat-out-wrong report from the field. I could retire very comfortably.
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  • "...why is it that all good SES and senior level positions MUST be in DC?"
    Celtic Wolf
    FERS Fed --- you are correct with respect to DC and Congress (etc). I am fully aware of how positions are graded (we are on same page there). As for quality of work -- incompetency and quality have no boundaries -- I was out of line with my DC bashing --- yet still see a need for the lines of HQ and Field to be severed in this age of Virtual Offices.
    Celtic Wolf
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  • facts are facts
    Lemmy10
    I am a teleworker for an agency that allows flex time. I get calls from individuals from the west coast at 8:00 pm and they cannot believe a live person has answered the phone. Where teleworking can really have an impact would be compensation. If teleworkers are allowed to do the same work from cheaper geographical areas, and are paid according to the cheaper locale, it would save the government money. Instead of getting paid the DC salaries, they would be paid at lower salaries commensurate with the locales. Another important fact is teleworkers take less sick time. As long as there are production measurements, telework is an excellent means to the end. If there is no method for measuring productivity, it becomes a harder sell. But there are always going to be celtic wolfs out there who will complain about anything.
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  • Telework
    Linda
    We are allowed to Flex place at home, and I don't like it. All I can think about is all the stuff I need to get done at home and not my work. I also do not have an office set up. It is nice to have the option for special occasions, such as a repairman is coming between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, instead of taking the whole day off, I just take the time needed to deal with the repair guy. Luckily, my boss lets, me do this. I have too much stuff to haul back and forth from the office to do this much. We do have some people who work great out of their homes and love it and are very productive. More so that at work in the cubicle life. We see them their mandatory once a week. Some for as little as two hours. Maybe if I had a specific office I could set up and close the door, I would be ok, but I prefer the office.
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