FedSmith Readers Think Telework is Sustainable Long Term

Is telework a viable long-term options for the federal workforce? FedSmith readers think it is.

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!

About the Author

Ian Smith is one of the co-founders of FedSmith.com. He has over 20 years of combined experience in media and government services, having worked at two government contracting firms and an online news and web development company prior to his current role at FedSmith.