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GSA Courts Feds With Innovative Telework Promotion

"Here's a no-risk, no-cost offer to federal managers to try-out teleworking."

Federal managers, supervisors and senior executives have only a few months to sample the benefits of telework from any of the 14 U.S. General Services Administration-sponsored centers in the D.C. metro area at no cost to their agencies, GSA announced today.

"Here's a no-risk, no-cost offer to federal managers to try-out teleworking," said Kevin Messner, associate administrator for the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs and acting associate administrator for the Office of Governmentwide Policy. "GSA is pleased to offer federal agencies this unique opportunity to equip and educate their managers for teleworking and managing teleworkers." GSA's offer -- good only until Sept. 30, 2007 -- is a first for the agency and responds to several findings regarding federal manager perceptions of telework recently published in Face-to-Face with Management Reality, a study conducted by the Telework Exchange in partnership with the Federal Managers Association. Some key findings of the study included:
  • Managers express more favorable attitudes -- a view long held by GSA -- as they become involved in telework.
  • 75 percent of managers who telework have a favorable view of telework.
  • When asked what will encourage management support of telework -- the No. 1 response was "encourage managers to telework."
GSA's offer provides additional benefits to potential users. GSA collected data during fall/winter 2005 on the transportation and environmental impact of working at a GSA-sponsored Telework Center. From data collected, GSA found that the use of its 14 telework centers saved commuters from traveling nearly 2.8 million miles, which, in turn, saved almost 115 thousand gallons of fuel, and avoided 2.3 million pounds of emissions.

"GSA's mission is to provide facility and workplace solutions for federal agencies and employees," said David L. Winstead, commissioner for GSA's Public Buildings Service. "At the same time, we provide teleworking options which support the productivity of federal workers and address the challenges of congestion in urban markets across the United States."
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