December 23, 2010

The Federal Government Embraces Telework, Bill Passed

The Federal Government Embraces Telework

The Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 (HR 1722) was signed into law on December 9th. The bill will promote telecommuting (aka workshifting) among federal employees, and is a move that could save the government billions of dollars. The bill enlarges teleworking opportunities and sets up frameworks and policies; eligible employees may be allowed to telework at least 20 percent of the time.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), an advocate of telework and a lead author of the Telework Enhancement Act, described the legislation as “a cost savings measure that will help the federal government implement a flexible workplace strategy proven successful in the private sector.”

The federal government has some track record on the subject. The Patent and Trademark office is reportedly a leader in the effort. That agency reports that telework allowed them to consolidate almost 50,000 square feet of space saving $1.5 million in annual rent.

The Telework Research Network has predicted that this legislation could save annually $2.3b in absenteeism, $3.1b on employee turnover. If the 79% of eligible employees desiring to work from home do so one day per week, productivity is estimated to increase by over $4.6b, $850m in real estate, utilities and related facilities costs, and at the same time provide better work/life balance and quality of life.

References

Federal Telework Bill Passes – Undress for Success

Federal Telework Bill Passes – Life Meets Work

Telework legislation is good news for budgets and workers - Washington Post

Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility - US Government

Further reading

Work/Life Balance – What is it?

More articles on Work/Life Balance & Workshifting – Redfish Technology Resources

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November 8, 2010

Staffing & Employment News, Redfish November Newsletter

Staffing & Employment News

from the Redfish Technology November Newsletter

The BLS statistics were encouraging. Nonfarm payrolls were increased by 195,000 jobs in October. The private sector created 151,000 of these jobs, marking the 10th consecutive month of job growth. Almost 1/3 of these increases were in “professional and business services” specifically in professional and technical, computer systems design, management and technical consulting, administrative and waste services, and employment services. Employment in temporary help services also continued to increase in October. This month’s gain was 35,000; increasing 451,000 since September 2009 lows.

The problem with this growth is that we are behind by 11 million jobs as compared to the pre-recession unemployment rate of 5% in December 2007. To obtain this unemployment rate within the next 5 years, we need to see a net of approximately 300,000 jobs added every month. (more…)

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October 11, 2010

Staffing & Employment News, Redfish October Newsletter

Staffing & Employment News

from the Redfish Technology October Newsletter

C-Level Confidence:

There is growth in hiring in the private sector. The third quarter Vistage CEO Confidence Index survey showed the level of confidence up for the 7th consecutive quarter. Reportedly 46% of CEOs plan to expand their workforce in the 3rd quarter survey, up from 39% a year ago. According to the latest survey by CareerBuilders and USAToday, 21% of employers plan to hire in the fourth quarter. Last quarter 25% of employers reported adding to headcount, and the previous two quarters of 2010 also saw improvements both in sequential and year over year hiring. While a lot of the hiring is for impermanent positions, many employers plan to transition workers to permanent positions. According to the survey, the positions most likely to be hired for contract or temporary staff in the last quarter of 2010 are: IT (27%), Administrative (25%), Engineering (12%), Finance and Accounting (12%), Sales and Marketing (10%), and Creative & Design roles (9%). The American Staffing Association’s staffing index rose to the highest level in two years. Hitting a reading of 100 in the week of Sept. 20th, this is the first time since May 2008 that the index has reached 100. (more…)

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