The good folks over at Federal News Radio made good points this morning in their post, “Giving telework a snowball’s chance.” When bad weather hit Washington, DC last month, quite a few federal managers confronted the snow day with a telework test drive. The Office of Personnel Management says that telework lets them keep working when others can’t. Don’t know about you, but I kind of like the idea that my tax dollars don’t need to hibernate.
The post also quotes Steve O’Keefe of the Telework Exchange who urges that successful telework “needs to be planned for.” I’m with Steve on that one. But, on the other hand, I haven’t been in to many “planned” snowball fights, and I’ve survived so far. The sting of one icy snowball certainly helps you remember to duck the next time! So even though off-the-cuff telework tests aren’t ideal, at least these managers are getting the snowball rolling.