GSA targets managers in the latest teleworking campaign

The General Services Administration is encouraging federal managers, supervisors and senior executives to stay near their homes, but not at the expense of productivity.

These employees can sample teleworking from any of the 14 GSA-sponsored centers in the Washington metro area at no cost to their agencies from now through Sept. 30. Teleworking normally costs agencies $26 per employee per day.

GSA has met slight success in its previous attempts to promote teleworking through offering free trials to first-time users. In the 2002 and 2003 free trial periods, 130 federal employees participated in the program each year. In 2004, only 35 employees took GSA up on their offer.

A recent survey by the Telework Exchange found that 75 percent of managers who telework themselves have a favorable view of teleworking. In addition, 63 percent of supervisors who manage teleworkers but don't telework themselves had a positive attitude, while 54 percent of managers who don't manage teleworkers were sympathetic to teleworking.

This data prompted GSA to encourage managers to experience the merits of teleworking through this free offer. The survey also revealed that in addition to the convenience of teleworking, the program benefits the environment through saving commuters from traveling nearly 2.8 million miles, which has spared approximately 115 gallons of fuel and avoided 2.3 million pounds of emissions to date.

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