The Work Anywhere Symposium 2011:
The Federal Government has enacted the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 that paves the way for over 90% of government workers to perform their duties by teleworking. State and Local Governments are being pressured to cut costs.
According to a study, conducted by Booz Allen, just half the workforce teleworking one day a week would reduce office space facility costs a minimum of 10%–that equates to $45 million in California state government budget savings. Yet, it is estimated that only 6,000 of California’s State Workers are teleworking currently.
Could California benefit from implementing such a plan?
The risks, which are known, understood and can be managed, are eclipsed by the benefits. The objective of cutting costs, for both the government and their workers, without reducing service levels, can be achieved. In the “Work Anywhere” environment, a shift is required in how and where work is performed.
Your generous support is instrumental in helping us convene a gathering of Federal, State and Local government professionals dedicated to reducing California’s state budget and laying the groundwork for implementing telework and mobile work plans.
Participants will have an opportunity to collaborate on an approach for launching a state plan for teleworking solutions, develop effective organizational change models to meet future needs, and employ communication techniques to advance each other’s role.
As stated by Jack Nilles, who coined the term, “Teleworking is…moving the work to the worker instead of moving the workers to work.”
The challenge most organizations face is to give telecommuters sufficient resources to do their jobs without compromising data security and privacy.