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  • Snail's Pace
    pittardm
    Yep, I agree. I had triplets in 2002 just after the first round of telework policies were published in DOD. I was all excited that I might actually survive having three babies at once and working full time by working some at home. Not so. I had to work from home when I went on bedrest, but they charged me leave anyway -- they issued me a laptop, but they wouldn't allow me to officially telework. When I returned after having my babies, I contacted the Army telework coordinator to see what the status of implementation was. Interesting, as we talked she told me she had just had a baby three months ago, and she was not allowed to telework. Right, the agency telework coordinator wasn't allowed to telework. How hypocritical is that?! I actually did telework unofficially. My organization moved 20 miles away, and I begged to stay in the building I was in (15 minutes from home). But they didn't really consider it telework, because I was in a building. I was the only one from my organization who was there. It was wonderful -- no interruptions. I got so much done. But, eventually, a new supervisor came on the scene and said I had to move to Ft. Belvoir. This was three months before I planned to retire. Makes a lot of sense, right? I was totally offline for two weeks while they moved me to another server. Good thinking, management! My life was so chaotic during this time, I had to postpone my retirement date. I finally did retire in August 2010, thank goodness. Back in 2002, I had high hopes that telework would catch on before I retired. It didn't. In my opinion, telework is one of those things that absolutely must be forced from the top down, or it will never happen -- not in most of DOD anyway.
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  • Telecommuting is more productive
    MaggieT
    As a veteran of many weather and traffic related commuting nightmares, dating back to the Air Florida crash in 1982, I'm delighted to now be able to work from home. I'm assigned to Atlanta and didn't miss a beat through the snow and ice storm 2 weeks ago. Most offices here were closed for 3-4 days. I'm much more productive working from home. I do miss the daily interactions with coworkers, but then again, I don't have that as an interruption. And, instead of saving time from my once 2.5 hour daily round trip commute, I usually end up working 10 hours instead of 8. I thought I'd be distracted working from home - tempted to do house work, watch TV etc., but I'm not. And instead of checking personal email when I get into the office, I do it before I "clock-in".
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  • Telework
    Low Paid Fed
    Personally I do not agree with having people doing telework. I don't think it is fair that telework folks can call in and say, "I'm working from home" on a bad day, but everyone else has to either charge annual or run the risk of being hit by someone who cannot drive in snow, sleet or rain. Telework folks don't have to burn up their annual, they continue to earn working from home when they are not really working. Everyone that is suppose to be at home working, is not at home doing that. They are at the SHOPPING MALLS, MOVIES, THEIR side BUSINESS, STORES, and TAKING CARE OF THEIR PERSONAL BUSINESS.
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  • Don't know which agency you work for
    fedforlife
    but when I'm working from home, I'm working. Most of the people I work with are all over the country so a snow day with me teleworking is business as usual. I did take leave today, mainly because I had no power at home, the roads were not safe to drive and not plowed, plus, after working for over 23 years, I've earned the right to use my leave and not risk my life driving into the office.
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  • Telework
    El Fed
    Oh boy you have a very broad brush don't you. Next time I need some painting I will give you a call. Back to the topic at hand, your response indicates that you are not qualified to telework at all. Where I work you just don't call it to telework, you have to schedule it and get approval. BTW when the government closes, people teleworking are expected to work, no admin leave. As a matter of fact since I don't waste a couple of hour on the beltway, I work longer hrs. than we I'm at the office. I also don't telework on a regular schedule.
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  • Are your job series and official duties conducive to teleworking?
    sawalt00
    It sounds like you may have a position where management has determined your duties cannot be done remotely. Some positions are not conducive to telework, such as our walk-in taxpayer service agents, customer service agents and some clericals. I CAN say with certainty that our teleworkers don't abuse the privilege or take it for granted. They must complete a flexiplace log outlining what was accomplished while working remotely. As El Fed stated, most of us work while others on are on admin leave when OPM shuts down the government offices. We also must get telework approved prior to working it unlessOPM permits unscheduled telework. If you know of employees abusing telework it is your ethical duty to report it to your IG's office. Misuse of leave (which is essentially what you described - they are using official hours for personal activity) is an offense subject to immediate termination (in our agency).
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  • Are your job series and official duties conducive to teleworking?
    sawalt00
    It sounds like you may have a position where management has determined your duties cannot be done remotely. Some positions are not conducive to telework, such as our walk-in taxpayer service agents, customer service agents and some clericals. I CAN say with certainty that our teleworkers don't abuse the privilege or take it for granted. They must complete a flexiplace log outlining what was accomplished while working remotely. As El Fed stated, most of us work while others on are on admin leave when OPM shuts down the government offices. We also must get telework approved prior to working it unlessOPM permits unscheduled telework. If you know of employees abusing telework it is your ethical duty to report it to your IG's office. Misuse of leave (which is essentially what you described - they are using official hours for personal activity) is an offense subject to immediate termination (in our agency).
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  • Not possible to telework in storm
    Bill Samuel
    Telework is not a real option in severe weather for me. I'm a Pepco customer. If the weather is severe enough to disrupt transit to work, the chances are I will have no electric. That means no Internet, no land line telephone, and only limited cell phone usage (can't recharge). This may be an option in more civilized parts of the country with reliable electric service, but don't count on it in the Washington area where many of us live in areas where electric service is like that in a Third World country. The poobahs in appointed government posts don't seem to recognize this reality.
    Bill Samuel Silver Spring, MD 20906
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