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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Look who's telecommuting

Wouldn't it be great to work from home, at least some of the time? If you work for the government, chances are much better for this kind of arrangement. A national survey of federal government and private-sector employees shows government workers are telecommuting more than those in the private sector. For every three government workers who telecommute only one worker in private business uses this arrangement.
The trend toward more government workers who telework h0lds true even in Miami-Dade County, which recently explored expanding the use of telecommuting options and flexible schedules for its employees.
The national survey by CDW Corp. shows federal agencies are allowing more workers to telecommute each year. Indeed, 44 of federal employee indicate that they have the option to telework – up 6 percent from 2006 – while just 15 percent of private-sector employee respondents have that option. To make it easier for government workers, 62 percent of Federal agencies now have written IT policies for telework in place compared to 46 percent last year.
β€œThe private sector is lagging when it comes to allowing employees to telework,” said Ken Grimsley, vice president of strategic sales for CDW Corporation, a Fortune 500 technology provider.
Click www.cdw.com/telework to see the full survey results.

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