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  • Misleading theme and leading questions will produce useless results
    TomH
    Let's conduct a pretend survey: Do men harm office dynamics? Starting with a negative premise will lead to highly biased results. Unless you're trying to make a point instead of genuinely ask a question, it's a useless and even harmful way to frame a survey. Lets look at a few pretend survey questions: Do women harm relationships between coworkers? Is working in a group more difficult when some/all of the group are under age 24? Is it harder to get in contact with colleagues in other buildings as compared to coworkers in your office? Would strongly agree/strongly disagree type answers to these questions tell us anything useful? Again, only if you're trying to slant the results. Either this survey was intentionally framed to produce negative responses or it is an incredibly incompetent piece of work. Either way, there results will misrepresent a valid and useful question: How does telework require changes in the way we work? (The same question could have been asked about the telephone, email, texting, and social networks.) Telework is a new way of working. Thanks to advances in technology, it's no longer just a perk for senior executives but a potent strategy agencies can use to manage many budget, staffing, and real estate problems. However, like any new organizational strategy, such as flex hours or Six Sigma, managers and employees have to understand the advantages and challenges. This Federal News Radio survey will contribute nothing to our understanding of telework. I predict, in fact, that it will only create further confusion.
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  • Telework
    KMA FED
    Been working from home for 20+years. Some drawbacks but overall it's great. One agency that has a lot of home based employees is TTB of the Treasyry Dept. They know how to do it right. A small agency with 50-100 people working full time from home. Quality people who do a quality job. It works for the employees and TTB.
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