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  • Telework Whining
    Kenny Ray
    I love it when people want to have it both ways. I want to "tele-work" from the comfort of my home when it suits MY convenience, but when it suits the convenience (or necessity)of my employer (that evil ogre who puts food on my table and keeps a roof over my head) well, now that's different. Early in my federal career I worked in a transportation department as a driver/equipment operator. One of the vehicles I drove was truck with a snow plow attached. I was considered "essential" so when we had a monster snow storm (one I recall in particular was 1978, but there were others) while other "non-essential" feds were tucked warm in their beds I was out pushing snow. Did I expect or get time and a half? No and no. The tele-work ready employee is no different than the "essential" employee. If your job is so important that you CAN work from home, then you MUST be essential. Former Essential (now retired) Fed
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  • Telework Ready - for better or worse
    A bad day at home teleworking is better than a great day at the office. One point not brought up is that with the Federal Government closed last Wednesday, even if you teleworked it was reasonably quiet, thus my first sentence. Besides, I got to smell a pot of chili simmer all day while working on a spreadsheet.....life is good
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  • Telework - Stop Complaining
    Stop complaining about having to work when the rest of your beltway subjects get the day off for "rain". Any thought of snow and the insiders go bonkers! You knew what you were getting into with telework. Taking care of the kids, cleaning the house, doing chores, and no supervision. If you have questions, ask the union. They have the answers. If your boss is wrong, then correct the problem with the union. You have it lucky up there. In Florida, you still have to show up to work with Tropical Storm Warnings (one step lower than Hurricane Warnings). Management disappears, but the rank and file still work. But, I don't telework, I don't flex. Never have, never will. I'm paid to either be in the office or the field, not sitting at home!
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  • Roseanne Roseannadanna
    Maryland Mom
    She was the best whiner, ever. "It's always something!" This time all those feds, myself included, who are entitled to "Occupational Flexi-place" have no right to whine. I only go in to the office one day per week, Wednesday. I worked from home because I was scheduled to work. It doesn't matter where I went to do it. I had to work. But those without laptops or the privilege (a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor - Miriam Webster definition) of Flexi-place got the day off. Well good for them. Some people in my office don't get to work from home ever. Quit your whining folks. The grass is always, always greener on the other side. I guess Roseanne Roseannadanna wasn't the best whiner...looks like some feds have her beat.
    Beach Mum
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  • Part of the agreement
    When I signed up to telework, part of the agreement that I signed was that in cases where the government closed because of weather or other issues, I would telework anyway; whether it was my regular telework day or not. I went into it with full knowledge and acceptance of this. For me it was worth the trade off. I don't consider it a "dark side." My agency made it clear that it was part of the deal. If I didn't think it was fair, I had the right not to do it; I could simply decline to telework at all. Perhaps the two quoted in the article didn't have these rules spelled out as clearly by their agencies. Or maybe some agencies are changing the rules on the fly.
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