Federal Experts’ Tips for Effectively Managing Remote Teams - March 13, 2020
Whether permanent or as part of a contingency plan, teleworking requires a combination of culture changes and technology.
Aaron Boyd, Nextgov
The spread of the coronavirus means federal employees might see at least some telework time over the coming weeks and months. For agencies where working remotely is not the norm, it can be difficult to quickly shift workloads from the office to employees’ homes.
The key, according to experts, is fielding the right technology and fostering the right culture.
“The successful incorporation of telework and ‘social distancing’ in [continuity of operations] and emergency planning will allow the federal government to continue functioning efficiently and effectively, while ensuring the health and safety of employees,” Office of Personnel Management Director Dale Cabaniss wrote in a memo to agency leaders Saturday. “Agency [continuity of operations] plans should have telework fully incorporated so that as many employees as possible are working during a [continuity of operations] activation.”