FedSmith Readers Think Telework is Sustainable Long Term

October 30, 2020 8:48 AM
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A substantial majority of our readers said in our latest survey that they think telework is a viable long-term option for federal employees.

Telework has increased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic with many agencies having their employees work remotely for health reasons. We wanted to know if federal employees who are teleworking felt that this was a sustainable trend for the federal workforce, even post-pandemic.

The response was clear: our readers think telework can work over the long term.

84% of respondents said that they think having a majority of federal employees teleworking is viable for the longer term. 88% said that they think teleworking federal employees are just as productive working remotely as they are in the office.

Most respondents felt that morale has improved under telework also. 60% said they thought it had improved and 31% said it was about the same.

As far as interaction with other co-workers, responses suggested that not much has changed amidst increased telework. 89% of respondents said they are in regular contact with co-workers while teleworking and 94% said they have regular contact with their supervisors.

Out of the 1,100 responses we received, almost all respondents (95%) currently telework, and a majority of them (61%) are currently doing so as a result of the pandemic but do not do so normally.

Our thanks to those of you who took the time to share your feedback in our recent survey!

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Ian Smith is one of the co-founders of FedSmith.com. He enjoys writing about current topics that affect the federal workforce.