Five Years of the Telework Enhancement Act

President Barack Obama signs the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 in the Oval Office, Dec. 9, 2010. Watching are, from left: OPM Director John Berry; GSA Administrator Martha Johnson; Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; Rep. John Sarbanes; Representative Stephen Lynch, D-Ma.; Deputy Secretary Bill Lynn; D-Md.; Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.;  and Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis;  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.Ê“It used to be that if you weren’t in the office, you couldn’t get much done. But now, people can be connected and productive almost anywhere. Five years ago this week, Congress enacted the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 to help the federal government use telework for flexible workforce management…”

Source: WatchBlog

It’s now been five years since the Telework Enhancement Act was signed into law by President Obama. This piece of legislation requires government agencies to allow their employees to work remotely, and established policies stating that teleworking programs needed to be organized, efficient, and transparent.  The law even necessitates agencies to include teleworking strategies as part of their business continuity plans for the future.

According to this blog, however, federal teleworking programs still face challenges and resistance even five years later.

Employees are still concerned about fairness, specifically regarding who gets to be part of their agency’s telework program, and who is left standing on the sidelines, tethered to their desk.  Leaders still struggle to manage by results, stuck in a line-of-sight management mindset.  Some teleworkers are required to document everything they do throughout the day–as if the completion or progress made on their daily tasks and projects is not enough!

Whether you are part of a government agency, a corporation, or any other organization considering allowing your staff to work-from-home, know that tools do exist that give your initiative the best opportunity to succeed.

By signing your organization up for FlexMatch™ Suitability Assessments, you’ll help ensure your remote workers are selected based on their job role, social needs, and personal competencies; never favoritism.  Additionally with FlexMatch™, you can assess how your managers score in terms of being open, prepared, and comfortable enough to lead a remote team.  Click here to learn more.  Then, when you are ready, enroll your organization for our next assessment period.

Posted on: January 27, 2016, by : Nick Virzi