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1 Office of the Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson Director, Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance December 2008 Making Telework “Work” in a Public Sector Environment - A Telework View from the Commonwealth of Virginia

2 Office of the Secretary of Technology Page 2 Telework a Key Priority at the Outset of the Kaine Administration Gubernatorial Priority Broadband Access a RequirementA Lofty (Telework) Goal Governor Kaine calls for 20% of eligible Virginian state workers to telework by 2010 Governor Kaine on Telework Governor Kaine calls for access to broadband services to all businesses by 2010 Telework Adoption % Federal Government Commonwealth of Virginia 4.9% 41% of federal workers eligible Source: “The Status of Telework in the Federal Government (2005)”; Office of Personnel Management; FCC; Virginia State Corporation Commission; DHRM Broadband Adoption % BusinessResidential 40.4% 10% of nearly 1.2M lines delivered by satellite, wireless, or power lines Nearly 200K high speed lines deployed Governor Kaine calls for 20% of eligible Virginian state workers to telework by 2010; “Telework is a family- friendly, business-friendly public policy that helps us recruit and retain a high-quality workforce in a competitive job market.”

3 Office of the Secretary of Technology Page 3 On Track to Achieve Governor Kaine’s Telework Goals by 2010 Progress Launch Goal Legislation Executive Order signed September 12, 2006; Director Karen Jackson appointed, reports to Secretary of Technology Promote and encourage the use of telework alternatives for public and private employees, including but not limited to appropriate policy and legislative initiatives In 2008, Office codified with a clear telework definition (>one day per week) and 20% enrollment goal of eligible employees 24.0% August 2008Nov %* 48% annualized growth rate State Employee Teleworkers % Eligible After recent HR policy change, 23% of all employees are eligible *Adjusted based on August 2008 eligible positions but prior to new definition Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance (“OTPBA”)

4 Office of the Secretary of Technology Page 4 Telework Reporting a Requirement for all Cabinet Secretaries Leading by Example Every cabinet member must report employee telework statistics for the week as part of weekly private exercise to brief the Governor on top priorities

5 Office of the Secretary of Technology Page 5 Building a Telework-Friendly Culture Across State Agencies I Increase Employee Eligibility II Maximize Telework Enrollment III Encourage Private Sector Adoption #Telework Definition: Codified "Telework" as an arrangement in which employees perform job duties away from the central workplace at least 1 day per week (or 32 hours per month) #Automatic Eligibility: Default option for HR to deem selected job descriptions as “eligible” unless agency appeals, effective July 1, 2008 #Implementation Guidance: “Road Map” published February 2008 to support agency initiatives #Enrollment Best Practices: COTS Telework Best Practices document offers best practices and sample documents #Technology Standards: VITA Telework Policy for appropriate use of personal computers effective July 1, 2007 #Telework Pledge: In partnership with NVTC, recruited 30 private sector firms to implement or increase telework activities through a public pledge #Telework!VA :Broaden outreach opportunities including re-designed website, e-learning models and targeted marketing Initiatives OBBA Agenda #Measure Results #Stimulate Demand #Build Consensus

6 Office of the Secretary of Technology Page 6 Step One: Eliminate Holes in Program Policies and Procedures Make telework a priority –Virginia’s Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance (EO35 (2006) HB1017 (2008)) Clearly define terms and goals –1994 – Telework/Telecommuting Task Force –2001 – Initial Telecommuting Legislation –2005 – Alternative Work-Schedule/Telecommuting Goals –2008 Telework revised definition and goals (HB1018, HB1021) Establish Policies and Procedures to Support Implementation –Telework Road Map (2007) –Department of Human Resource Management Telework Policy (updated 2008) –Telecommuting – Use of Personal Computers (Virginia Information Technology Agency – 2007) –Department of Accounts – Telework Expense Payment Policy (2008)

7 Office of the Secretary of Technology Page 7 Step Two: Develop HR Policies, Procedures and Templates Telework Policy and Sample Work Agreements Telework Eligibility Checklists

8 Office of the Secretary of Technology Page 8 Step Two: Develop IT and Document Management Policies and Procedures Personal Computer Acceptable Use Policy Security Standards

9 Office of the Secretary of Technology Page 9 Step Three: Support Management Decision Making Remove the “guess” work through effective policies and procedures

10 Office of the Secretary of Technology Page 10 Step Four: Set Expectations Telework “Roadmap” to manage expectations

11 Office of the Secretary of Technology Page 11 Step Five: Draw Support from Existing Resources (a.k.a. don’t reinvent the wheel) Free Online Information and Training

12 Office of the Secretary of Technology Page 12 Step Five: Draw Support from Existing Resources (a.k.a. don’t reinvent the wheel) Free Online Tools and Resource Materials for Coordinators, Employees, and Managers

13 Office of the Secretary of Technology Page 13 Step Six: Integrate Telework into Continuity of Business/Pandemic Plans Telework as a tool for achieving goals/fulfilling requirements

14 Office of the Secretary of Technology Page 14 Award-Winning Tax Department Delivers Impressive Results Case in Brief Productivity Improvement Home-Based Performance as % Above Standard Employee Adoption % of Total Workforce Employee Turnover % Based on Telework Status 8% Home-Based Teleworkers 4-Year Avg. All Employees 58% One year estimated $141,000 in decreased turnover and productivity savings Source: Agency Interviews Employee Attendance Combined Leave in Hours by 5 Veterans Jan- March, % October 2008 May % Agency CEO first to participate 110% Data Captur Processing 80% Benefits of “outcomes” not “observation” based management Post- telework 2006 Pre- telework % decrease in leave usage due to employees ability to set more flexible work schedules

15 Office of the Secretary of Technology Page 15 Karen Jackson, Director Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance Commonwealth of Virginia


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