NEW OPM FEDERAL GUIDELINES ENCOURAGE TELEWORK

By Chris Westbrook, Assistant Director, Curriculum Development

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced the publication of new and more-expansive guidelines for telework and remote work across the U.S. Government on Nov. 12, 2021. 

The new guidelines are the first major update of federal telework policy since 2011. In a memorandum to agencies accompanying the new guidelines, OPM Director Kiran Ahuja encouraged agencies to leverage lessons learned in the current COVID-19 global pandemic to “integrate telework and remote work into their strategic workforce plans.”

“This updated guidance replaces the original guide published in 2011 and provides agencies with practical resources and information to help contextualize the continued evolution of telework as a critical workplace flexibility, including a new section providing Federal agencies with policy guidance on remote work,” said Ahuja.

The 79-page 2021 Guide to Telework and Remote Work in the Federal Government encourages agencies to make remote work a fundamental element of their workforce policies and to seek to offer some aspect of remote work to as many of their work units as possible. 

For further analyses of this ground-breaking guidance, please consult the following:

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Author: Chris Westbrook is a talent development professional with a passion for career development, leadership, and change management. In 2018, she recently retired from the federal government after 38 years of service in the executive and legislative branches.

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