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April 30, 2009

A case for telework

Although I believe the media is creating unnecessary fear among the public over Swine Flu (and apparently I am not alone), the idea of a pandemic presents a good example of why telework should be part of any agency’s continuity of operations (COOP) planning. In the case of an emergency that affects public servants’ ability to get to the office, or safely work in the office, telework allows government workers to continue to serve the needs of the public from a remote location. But waiting for that emergency to materialize is not the best approach.

Cindy Auten of the Telework Exchange says it best – “One of the key strategies in having a business continuity plan and incorporating telework into it, is ensuring that you’re testing it often and you build telework as a part of your standard operating procedure — so it’s not a frantic, mad rush to the door to actually start your telework program at the last minute.”

Does your agency have a telework strategy? If so, is it part of day-to-day operations or is it a just-in-case strategy? We’d like to hear from you.

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