Sarbanes Urges Expansion of Federal Employee Telework Programs After COVID-19 Pandemic Proves Teleworking Success and Effectiveness [Video]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a House Government Operations Subcommittee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) called on federal agencies to expand telework programs for America’s civil servants, especially as telework continues to play a critical role in boosting productivity rates, increasing employee morale, improving work-life balance and maintaining continuity of government amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Let me cite some statistics,” said Congressman Sarbanes, a decades-long champion of federal telework. “79 percent of the federal workforce says that telework during the pandemic has made them more committed to their agency's mission. 76 percent say they are more motivated to meet expectations. 70 percent say telework has given them more trust in their colleagues.”
Sarbanes continued: “Many agencies are reporting increases in productivity. For example, the Department of Transportation surveyed its managers and 55 percent said their work units were more effective during the pandemic than before the pandemic…. This uptake around telework suggests that on the other side of the pandemic, we may want to look at the opportunity for telework to be used and enhanced.”
Sarbanes concluded: “[Telework] is here to stay. The benefits of it – in terms of cost savings, productivity, stress reduction, work-life [balance] – all speak for themselves. I look forward to … advance telework as we move forward.”
See below for a video of the Congressman’s remarks.