Workforce morale can be sapped by unskillled managers

A recent study shows that employees are often dissatisfied with supervisors who have technical rather than managerial chops, writes columnist Steve Kelman.

Pat Niehaus

Making telework happen: It's up to managers now

Management resistance to telework is rational and born of experience, but it need not be a permanent obstacle, writes Patricia Niehaus, president of the Federal Managers Association.

Telework proponents still face management resistance

Federal managers who oppose allowing their employees to telework have another opportunity to dig in their heels, retrench and batten down the hatches.

An excerpt from the Telework Improvements Act of 2010

The following language is excerpted from H.R. 1722, sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and passed by the House on July 14, 2010.

Navy sets sights on workers with strong business skills

The Navy is seeking professionals who understand business fundamentals and collaborate well at all levels.

More feds may telework, House says

Teleworkers of the world rejoice! House lawmakers have passed a bill to expand the number of federal employees eligible to telework.

Data Mining

The public is wary about Internet tracking; mobile users feel safe; telecommuting views don't match reality.

Telework remains out of reach for many feds, survey shows

Feds aren't any more satisfied with their agencies' telework policies than in years past, according to results released today.

Telework: Report tells tale of operational benefits, management resistance

The government is not expanding or promoting flexible work arrangements across the federal sphere, despite the benefit of government being able to operate in the event of a disruption to a physical facility, according to a new report.

Data Mining

Telecommuters can handle more work; Cloud and mobile computing will overtake PCs by 2020; Feds use unsafe methods to transfer files.

Bigger threat: National crises or unprepared managers?

More than 90 percent of federal employees believe it is important that they continue working during a national crisis, but a lack of continuity-of-operations coordination and telework eligibility may thwart their efforts.

5 top security suites for teleworkers

Agencies are requiring robust home security software for the growing number of people working from home. The GCN Lab reviews five antivirus and antispam suites that can handle the job.

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