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Mandate Telework Participation Wherever Feasible

The near total shutdown of government in DC during the recent snowstorm highlights the need for more teleworking capabilities. There are many policies regarding teleworking, however a large component of supervisors and managers see it as a privilege rather than a necessity.

This time it was a snowstorm, but what about in cases of natural disaster or pandemic? We need the ability to continue governmental functions in the face of adversity.

Proposal: Mandate that all government employees have the capability to telework

That should be the default. Exceptions should require waivers on a case by case basis. Admittedly there are several categories that could be exempted. For example, physical security, maintenance workers and custodial engineers may not have any functions that could be performed virtually.


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    Terrence Hill

    It's tough to mandate telework, since there are many employee who do not want to telework. Instead of the "stick" of mandatory telework, maybe incentives ("carrots") would work better.

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    I agree that something needs to be done to make telework the default rather than the exception. If people don't want to telework, fine. But if they want to, they should be able to, assuming their job is one that can be done by computer, phone, etc.