I’ve pointed out that there’s some evidence that government-sector managers, who have been even more resistant to telecommuting than their private-sector counterparts, are beginning to warm up to the idea. Yet it still gets a chilly reception from many of these folks:
Top managers are holding back the spread of telecommuting at some government agencies, several officials said during a panel discussion earlier this month. For government agencies to fully realize the benefits of telecommuting, such top managers need to change their attitudes, said Wendell Joice, head of the U.S. General Services Administration’s governmentwide telework team. “We are hampered by constantly having to beg and plead,” said Joice, speaking at a conference called Continuity of Operations Planning in the Federal Government and Industry: Enabling a Mobile Workforce in Times of Crisis. The event, held here, was sponsored by iPass Inc., RSA Security Inc. and research firm Input Inc.