Mobile work practice success is dependent on federal managers and their ability to adapt their telework approaches when necessary, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry said, according to Federal Computer Week.
Berry told attendees at the Federal Managers Association’s National Convention & Management Training Seminar that federal managers are responsible for leading the workforce toward success.
Berry said technology and security issues in regard to telework have already been resolved and the last part of implementing telework is the support and trust of federal managers, according to the report.
OPM found one-fourth of government workers are eligible for telework but federal managers opposed a mobile workforce, the report said.
Berry said allowing employees to telework shows personnel that they are trusted while increasing job satisfaction.
OPM saved $200,000 a year by closing down a call center in Pittsburgh, Berry said.
Berry suggests federal managers face the future with open-minds as agencies cannot afford to sit still while technology and society are moving, the report said.