OPM launches teleworking seminar online

With only about 14 percent of eligible federal employees teleworking, the Office of Personnel Management is looking to the Web to promote its benefits.

The agency will hold a Web seminar June 24 to teach agency managers how to become effective teleworkers.

The latest OPM and General Services Administration telework survey found more than 102,000 of the more than 751,000 eligible employees were working from home or from GSA telecommuting centers in 2003'a 93 percent increase since 2001.

Federal managers will view a series of information slides and then discuss them in a conference call during the online tutorial.

'Teleworking is an essential component of the federal government's continuance of operations plans, as well as a smart way to reduce traffic congestion in metropolitan areas,' OPM director Kay Coles James said. 'Each component of our education campaign is crucially important as we work with federal agency managers to increase their understanding of and capability to implement telework policies with greater speed.'


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