DC ranks in top 10 cities that support formal telework policies

Where does your city rank?

The nation’s capital ranks seventh when it comes to adopting formal telework policies, according to the 2011 “Work Without Walls" report published by Microsoft. The company surveyed more than 4,500 information workers in 15 U.S. cities, and half said their company has a formal telework policy. Atlanta was the top-ranked telework city.

The survey’s index figures are based on preferences for teleworking, company policies that support remote working and the technologies that enable it, according to a Microsoft press release.

The biggest reason for D.C. residents to work remotely was to avoid traffic and long commutes, also a top motivator for federal workers, according to the survey. The government seems to be taking a page from the private sector as the June 6 deadline looms for agencies to implement the Telework Enhancement Act’s IT purchasing requirements.

Congestion is part of the impetus for large agencies, such as Defense Information Systems Agency, to update old policies and allow employees to work from home as frequently as three days per week.

For employers, including the federal government, the benefits of adopting telework policies include being able to tap into a larger pool of job applicants, increase productivity, ensure better employee diversity and lower overhead costs, said Ron Markezich, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s U.S. Enterprise and Partner Group.

Lync, Office 365, SharePoint and Windows Phone are some of the most popular Microsoft products used to increase productivity when working remotely, Markezich said.

Click here for more information on "Work Without Walls."

About the Author

Connect with the FCW staff on Twitter @FCWnow.

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.


  • Shutterstock image: looking for code.

    How DOD embraced bug bounties -- and how your agency can, too

    Hack the Pentagon proved to Defense Department officials that outside hackers can be assets, not adversaries.

  • Shutterstock image: cyber defense.

    Why PPD-41 is evolutionary, not revolutionary

    Government cybersecurity officials say the presidential policy directive codifies cyber incident response protocols but doesn't radically change what's been in practice in recent years.

  • Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

Reader comments

Fri, Jun 3, 2011

Not a very complete article. When the title has 'DC ranks in top 10 cities' I would expect the article to include the top 10 cities. Not sure if one of the numerous links provided the information but I should not have to look further based on the title. Poor reporting or writing or titling.

Fri, Jun 3, 2011 The Observer

Supporting telework has nothing to do with the city, and everything to do with the manager. How meaningful is this article?

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group