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Posted: 11/17/2010 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

Whitney Hewson

Telework Exchange

(703) 883-9000 ext. 130

whewson@teleworkexchange.com                                                                                              

 

 

Telework Exchange Announces a Nationwide Telework Week –

February 14-18, 2011

 

Telework Week Encourages Government Agencies and Organizations to Test Remote Infrastructure; Provides Opportunity for Employees and Managers to Try Teleworking

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va., November 17, 2010 – Telework ExchangeSM, a public-private partnership focused on demonstrating the tangible value of telework, today launched the nationwide Telework Week 2011, an initiative to encourage government agencies, organizations, and individuals to pledge to telework during the week of February 14-18, 2011.  Interested participants can visit www.teleworkexchange.com/teleworkweek to pledge to telework, calculate potential commuting cost savings and environmental savings by teleworking, as well as to learn more about how to get started through a series of free telework-focused Webcasts.    

 

Telework is a win-win-win for employees, agencies/organizations, and the environment.  It is a critical plank in business continuity planning, recruitment and retention, and real estate cost savings.  Further, telework supports the Federal government’s push to green business processes through Executive Order 13514 and to provide flexible work arrangements to working families. 

 

            “Telework plays an important role in business operations from improving the bottom line to boosting employee productivity and morale,” said Congressman Gerry Connolly.  “Telework Week provides an opportunity for managers and employees to pilot telework initiatives in their workplaces and ensure the efficacy of their IT infrastructure to handle telecommuting.  It also provides a good opportunity for managers to test and update their business continuity plans to ensure readiness in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.”

 

“Telework Week is a call to action for agencies/organizations and employees alike,” said Cindy Auten, General Manager, Telework Exchange.  “It is the perfect time to start a telework discussion with management.  For agencies and organizations, it provides an opportunity to examine how telework can support business operations.  The Telework Week Web site offers various resources to assist in building the telework business case with management as well as steps to plan and develop a sustainable program.” 

 

Telework Week 2011 is free to individuals and organizations from all areas of government and the private sector nationwide.  To pledge to telework during Telework Week, as well as to register to attend the Free December 15 Webcast titled, “The Telework Big Picture,” visit www.teleworkexchange.com/teleworkweek.  Telework Exchange will release a post-Telework Week report in March, highlighting the impact of Telework Week on employees, agencies/organizations, and the environment. 

 

About Telework Exchange

Telework Exchange is a public-private partnership focused on demonstrating the tangible value of telework and serving the emerging educational and communication requirements of the teleworker community.  The organization facilitates communication among teleworkers, telework managers, and IT professionals.  For more information on Telework Exchange, please visit www.teleworkexchange.com.

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Posted: 12/7/2009 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

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Underwritten by Intel, the "Mobilizing Against Pandemic" study evaluates public- and private-sector's business continuity and mobile IT infrastructure standings. The study reveals the majority of government and business IT decision makers have written business continuity plans, however, both sectors report implementation challenges and lack assurance that employees could work remotely during an emergency.

Posted: 10/1/2009 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]


Governor Kaine Highlights Contributions, Savings from Telework Day
– Report illustrates environmental and economic impact –

RICHMOND – Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced that Virginia teleworkers saved approximately $113,000, avoided driving 140,000 miles and removed 75.89 tons of pollutants from the air through participation in Telework Day on August 3, 2009. The "What We Saved; What We Learned" report, compiled by the public-private partnership Telework Exchange, also reveals an increase in productivity by participants and reports satisfaction with their teleworking experience.

"I commend the individuals and organizations that took the Telework Day pledge," Governor Kaine said. "The results are clear – telework plays an important role in meeting the Commonwealth's green objectives, reducing strain and traffic on our roads, increasing savings for our employees, and will provide our businesses with increased employee productivity."

2,286 federal and private sector employees as well as 1,765 state employees participated in Telework Day in Virginia, for a total of 4,051 participants statewide. Eighty-one percent of participating state employees said they had teleworked before, compared to 78 percent of respondents nationwide, showing that Virginia's efforts to promote teleworking in state government have been successful.

The report illustrates the potential impact of teleworking on employees' budgets and productivity, as well as the environment. If all eligible employees teleworked one day per week for a year, teleworkers in the Commonwealth would collectively avoid driving 602 million miles, remove 360,800 tons of pollutants from the air, and save $807 million in commuting costs. Over the course of a year this would equal a $1,822 annual raise for every teleworker in Virginia, and save 46 hours a year in commuting.

A survey of Virginia's teleworkers also showed that 69 percent felt they accomplished more than a typical day at the office and 91 percent said that they would be more likely to telework again as a result of their experience. Seventy-eight percent of respondents reported no difficulties in performing their duties on Telework Day.

"We are committed to ensuring that telework has a firm stake in the ground in Virginia," said Karen Jackson, Deputy Secretary of Technology. "The 'What We Saved; What We Learned' report provides us with a snapshot of the critical impact telework will continue to have on business continuity, the environment, strengthening work and family balance, and much more, as state agencies and organizations continue to adopt and expand their telework programs."

"Just one telework day really does make a difference," said Jennifer Thomas Alcott, Program Manager at Telework!VA. "Telework is a key component to reducing traffic, removing carbon emissions from the environment, and providing substantial cost-savings on both an individual and organizational level."

"On behalf of Telework Exchange, we applaud the Commonwealth of Virginia for its telework leadership and foresight," said Cindy Auten, General Manager ofTelework Exchange. "From environmental concerns and economic pressures to making jobs available in rural areas and increasing productivity, telework is a critical tool for Virginia, its employees, and its organizations. We encourage other states to take the next step to telework success and host their own Telework Day."

 

Posted: 5/13/2009 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
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H1N1 Swine Flu COOP Exam Returns Bill of Health for Uncle Sam
 
Just 32 Percent of Feds Give Agencies A’s and B’s on Flu Survivability –
10 Agencies Rank as Top of Class
 
ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 13, 2009Telework ExchangeSM, a public-private partnership focused on telework in government, today announced the results of the “H1N1 – Uncle Sam’s COOP Exam” study, based on a survey of Federal employees between May 1st and 5th – when H1N1 was the top national security issue.  Feds give their agencies mixed marks for Continuity of Operations (COOP) readiness associated with the H1N1 scare.  The diagnosis is there is room for improvement in Federal agency continuity plans and telework is a key remedy.  
 
            The study shows that agencies need to plan ahead to support the remote workforce in order to maintain operations in a pandemic.  Should H1N1 have infected the city in which Federal employees work, only 51 percent indicated that they would definitely show up for work.  Significantly, if H1N1 cases were reported in their office, just 26 percent said that they would definitely show up for work. 
 
            The study shows that Federal agencies need to provide additional guidance to employees on how to respond to a potential pandemic.  Forty-two percent of respondents noted that they had not received any guidance.  The majority of the remaining 58 percent who did receive guidance from their agency said that most guidance focused on personal hygiene – “wash your hands” – rather than on tangible operational plans on how to continue working when you cannot come to the office.
 
            However, some respondents’ feedback was certainly positive.  Thirty-two percent of Feds gave their agencies A and B grades on H1N1 survivability.  The top 10 most prepared agencies included:
-      Department of Commerce
-      Department of Health and Human Services
-      Department of Justice
-      Department of the Navy
-      Department of Transportation
-      Department of Veterans Affairs
-      General Services Administration
-     National Aeronautical & Space Administration
-      National Science Foundation
-      United States Postal Service
 
COOP and Telework
            The study underscores the strong relationship between telework and agencies’ COOP readiness.  Comparing the most COOP-ready agencies from this study with Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) statistics on percentages of eligible Feds who are teleworking further demonstrates the link between telework and COOP preparedness.  At the most prepared agencies – those with A’s and B’s in this study – 16.43 percent of eligible employees telework.  This compares to 7.62 percent of eligible employees teleworking across the entire Federal government.  Interestingly, 76 percent of respondents who give their agencies an A on telework programs also give their agencies an A or B on COOP readiness. 
 
Lessons Learned
Comparing the results of this study against a similar Telework Exchange study conducted during the Avian Flu scare of 2006 shows that the Federal government is moving in the right direction.  In 2006, 21 percent of Feds knew that their agencies’ COOP plans included plans for a flu pandemic.  That number increased to 33 percent in this H1N1 study sample.  However, the OPM Pandemic Guide of 2006 points to President Bush’s Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza, which directs every agency to develop a comprehensive preparedness plan.
 
            “A pandemic has the potential to be a nationwide Katrina emergency,” said Cindy Auten, general manager, Telework Exchange.  “The study demonstrates once again that telework is not a ‘break glass in case of emergency’ option.  Agencies need to embrace telework as a standard operating procedure for it to deliver real COOP value.”
 
The “H1N1 – Uncle Sam’s COOP Exam”study is based on a survey of 307 Federal employees.  To download the full study results, please visit www.teleworkexchange.com/H1N1.
 
About Telework Exchange, LLC
Telework Exchange is a public-private partnership focused on demonstrating the tangible value of telework and serving the emerging educational and communication requirements of the Federal teleworker community.  The organization facilitates communication among Federal teleworkers, telework managers, and IT professionals.  For more information on Telework Exchange, please visit www.teleworkexchange.com.  
 
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