Survey: Teleworking feds expect 6 more months of COVID exodus
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Sep 22, 2020
A half year into the national emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic—and a new survey finds a majority of feds who telework expect that situation to continue for at least another six months.
The Government Business Council, the research unit of GovExec which published the survey and its analysis, reports that roughly three-quarters of feds continue to telework. The poll was conducted just this month, and garnered 1,028 completed responses.
Most teleworking feds report believing that health concerns comprise legitimate reasons behind the push for remote work—and a majority, 53 percent, also report that telework is causing either no or minimal impact on productivity. Such statistics are reassuring, and indicate confidence and solidarity among employees of federal agencies in a difficult time.
But the survey also laid bare some disturbing figures. A large plurality of feds, about 39 percent, report that “politics” is one of several “factors” other than health concerns that are or will be playing a role in influencing the timeline on returning to offices and workplaces. Also unsettling is the fact that numerous repatriations of workers have been slammed as being unsafe—sometimes, thankfully, have been stopped or delayed, as well as scrutinized in many cases by inspectors general and other oversight across parts of the civil service.
Having noted these concerning facts, the analysis observes, the flow of feds back to bricks-and-mortar workplaces—so far—has been but a trickle.