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And the Winner Is...

Cindy Auten | Posted 03.20.2013 | Technology
Cindy Auten

A new report found that 95 percent of federal employees who are using mobile devices for work tasks do so outside of the office at some point. Not only that, more than half of feds using smartphones and tablets for work are bringing their own.

Hours Do Not Equal Success

Josh Sawislak | Posted 12.22.2012 | Small Business
Josh Sawislak

Results and accomplishments are what drive an organization's success, not logged hours -- so how do we enforce management and office practices that encourage better results?

Top Executive or Great Parent: Choose One?

Josh Sawislak | Posted 11.18.2012 | DC
Josh Sawislak

Did you know that next month, October, is National Work and Family Month? What a better time to talk about working and having a family at the same time.

Failure Is a Winning Strategy

Josh Sawislak | Posted 10.21.2012 | DC
Josh Sawislak

Most days I write about management issues such as the intersection of work and technology, remote collaboration, and management by objective, not attendance. Today I want to talk about how we fail.

The Federal Telework Report Card

Josh Sawislak | Posted 09.16.2012 | DC
Josh Sawislak

Telework is not a silver bullet. It won't cure cancer or make your hair grow back (darn!). It's a management tool, pure and simple and we need to treat it as such and stop trying to vilify or lionize it.

Telework Tipping Point

Josh Sawislak | Posted 07.25.2012 | DC
Josh Sawislak

Time will tell if we have reached that tipping point, but one thing is quite evident, there is more and more proof every day that people are not content to be stuck using 20th century approaches to address 21st century problems.

No Phones, Unlimited Vacation and They Clean Your House

Josh Sawislak | Posted 06.26.2012 | Business
Josh Sawislak

If you have ever been interested in the idea of pure outcome-based management, you should watch this company. Phil Libin has instituted some very interesting and unusual policies at Evernote.

Calling for Storms

Cindy Auten | Posted 06.19.2012 | Technology
Cindy Auten

With the increasing use of mobile devices like laptops, smartphones and tablets, an organization's infrastructure must be able to support a new workforce that doesn't work strictly from their office.

Telework, Silver Bullets, Black Holes and a Dog Named "Cheeto"

Josh Sawislak | Posted 05.16.2012 | Business
Josh Sawislak

I am not convinced that working from home every day with zero interaction with collaborators is the best solution for most people. And there is a very simple reason for why it's not ideal: we are all human.

It's About What You Do, Not Where You Do It

Josh Sawislak | Posted 05.06.2012 | Business
Josh Sawislak

This week, as part of the annual Telework Week event, more than 64,900 people have pledged to work from somewhere other than their office. I could tal...

"Car-cation": Take a Vacation From Your Car

Cindy Auten | Posted 04.23.2012 | Business
Cindy Auten

Take your commute out of the mix and you have more time to balance your work and family. It's time to focus on what matters, and eliminate what really doesn't.

Show Me the (Telework) Money

Josh Sawislak | Posted 04.10.2012 | Technology
Josh Sawislak

I had a very interesting conversation the other day with some folks from both government and industry about the return on investment (ROI) of telework...

Oval Office Outs Overspending

Stephen W.T. O'Keeffe | Posted 01.29.2012 | DC
Stephen W.T. O'Keeffe

Whether donkey or elephant, it's difficult to argue with these common-sense changes. That said, a couple of questions: Why do we need an Executive Order to make these common-sense changes?

Alan Greenspan Thinks I'm on to Something

Josh Sawislak | Posted 12.27.2011 | DC
Josh Sawislak

A while back I had the pleasure of hearing Alan Greenspan talk about innovation. When he agreed to take some questions, I figured I had a shot at some objective thoughts on some of my nature of work theories.

Impatiently Waiting

Cindy Auten | Posted 11.28.2011 | Business
Cindy Auten

The latest Federal data on telework came out this week in the form of the 2011 Office of Personnel Management Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Among many points, it highlights telework progress from the employees' point of view.

Back to School (And Work)

Josh Sawislak | Posted 11.15.2011 | DC
Josh Sawislak

In the D.C. area, we have the triple whammy. Back to school traffic, construction on several of our major roadways and the fact that any rain causes half of the region's drivers to lose all ability to effectively operate a motor vehicle.

Where Will You Be When the Lights Go Out?

Josh Sawislak | Posted 10.04.2011 | Business
Josh Sawislak

There's an old joke about a lost tourist asking for directions in Boston and being told, "You can't get there from here." Like any good saying, this o...

Are We Farmers, Factory Workers or Ideas People?

Josh Sawislak | Posted 09.12.2011 | Business
Josh Sawislak

The telework discussion has become a surrogate for a broader conversation on the very nature of work. How we manage knowledge workers is (or should be) very different from how we have done so over the past 200-plus years.

It's Tuesday; It Must be Denver

Josh Sawislak | Posted 08.01.2011 | Technology
Josh Sawislak

Welcome back to the inside of my head. If this is your first visit, get ready for a bumpy ride because we are going to do a little traveling this week...

Where Do We Go (To Work) From Here?

Josh Sawislak | Posted 07.10.2011 | Technology
Josh Sawislak

Have you ever stared at a blank page, with no idea how to start writing? It sucks, doesn't it? I know I am not the first writer to experience this, be...

Show Me the Savings

Josh Sawislak | Posted 06.20.2011 | Technology
Josh Sawislak

One of the most interesting things I heard over the days leading up to the threatened shut down was "...but, can I telework, even if the government is closed?"

Butts in Chairs and Fingers on Keys

Josh Sawislak | Posted 06.08.2011 | Technology
Josh Sawislak

It has come to my attention that there are a bunch of folks out there who think that the silver bullet for managing teleworkers is the keystroke recorder.

Running on Empty

Josh Sawislak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Josh Sawislak

The U.S. consumes about a quarter of the world's oil, but we only comprise four percent of the world's population. We are addicted to oil, and we are paying a huge financial and political price because of it.

The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good

Josh Sawislak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Josh Sawislak

The expression "seeing is believing" has basis in fact, and many supervisors and coworkers are more comfortable working with remote employees when they can see them. No, it's not the same as being there, but it's pretty darn close.

Train as You Fight

Josh Sawislak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Josh Sawislak

I've used this space to talk about a lot of issues related to telework, such as the personal benefits to the teleworker and the productivity increase ...