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Responsibility to telework?

Susan Miller, editor in chief for online (and all-around Web guru) in this neck of the woods, offers this guest post:

As we monitor the chatter on twitter and social networks about Snomageddon, we’re noticing that most of the tech/professional people we follow have been bemoaning the fact that today’s technology means never having a snow day. So between breaks to shovel, most of us have been working as usual.

Perhaps not everyone.

We got a comment from a reader who found that just because you can telework doesn’t mean you really have to.

Even when employees have the capability and technology to telework, I'm finding many don't believe they should. It's a snow-day, go play. I work out West and can't get people from the DC area to participate in a basic telecon. Here is the email response someone sent me from their Blackberry: "Isn't the government closed today?"

So that got us thinking: What’s the responsibility of a salaried, professional government servant on a day when the “government is closed”?

We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 at 12:18 PM


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