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11,000 join ranks of federal teleworkers

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About 11,000 more federal government workers telecommuted in 2009 than in 2008, the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) reports. The increase brings the number of government employees who work at home or at telework centers at least part of the time to 5.72% of the federal workforce.

Still, that total is just 10.4% of those who are eligible to telework.

OPM’s 2010 Telework Status Report is based on a survey taken before President Obama signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to develop policies allowing employees to work remotely unless their positions are specifically excluded.

What OPM learned in its survey might help your organization decide whether telecommuting can work for your business and your employees:

  • Teleworkers are more likely to report they are clear about work expectations than non-teleworkers.
  • Employees who work from home or from telework centers believe they have more control over work processes than those who work from the main office every day.
  • Teleworkers report higher job satisfaction than those who aren’t allowed to telework.
  • Employees who telework are more likely to recommend their organizations to potential employees and less likely to say they want to quit.

Read the report at www.opm.gov.

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