Brittany Ballenstedt

Blogger Reporter Portrait for Brittany Ballenstedt writes Nextgov's Wired Workplace blog, which delves into the issues facing employees who work in the federal information technology sector. Before joining Nextgov, Brittany covered federal pay and benefits issues as a staff correspondent for Government Executive and served as an associate editor for National Journal's Technology Daily. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Mansfield University and originally hails from Pennsylvania. She currently lives near Travis Air Force Base, Calif., where her husband is stationed.
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What You Need to Know About Checking Work Email After Hours

May 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Are you feeling more stressed in your job? It could be because of your mobile device. New research from Gallup shows a link between checking email and working remotely outside of normal business hours to higher levels of stress. Nearly half (48 percent) of 4,475 U.S. working adults surveyed who...

Sammies Finalists Use Technology to Transform Public Services

May 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Monday kicks off Public Service Recognition Week, and the Partnership for Public Service announced the 33 finalists for its distinguished annual Service to America awards, also known as Sammies. There’s a common thread among this year’s finalists: Many have harnessed technology to improve public services. That, even despite recent research...

The Death of the Federal Snow Day?

May 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mobile work is dramatically changing the federal workplace – effectively moving some federal offices from a place where employees go to work to a place where they go to share ideas. That was the theme of Mobile Work Exchange’s spring Town Hall Meeting in April, where the General Services Administration...

Cyber Education Gets a Nonprofit Boost

April 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A cybersecurity nonprofit is making new educational resources available to colleges and universities worldwide in an effort to better prepare the next generation of information security professionals and meet the global demand for jobs in the field. (ISC)2 earlier this month launched its Global Academic Program, which makes its products...

Four Things You Should Do To Get the Most Out of Teleworkers

April 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies are not the only organizations struggling with the challenges associated with managing a remote workforce. In fact, chief information officers across the country cite some challenges in managing their IT workers who work remotely, according to a new survey by Robert Half Technology. The survey of more than...

More Tech Pros Are Earning Six Figure Salaries

April 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you’re a technology professional, chances are your salary is inching closer to six figures -- if it’s not there already. That’s according to new data from technology jobs website, which found the number of tech pros earning six-figure salaries has increased for the sixth year in a row....

Feds Feeling Less Empowered to Innovate

April 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the vast majority of federal employees continue to feel motivated to find new and innovative ways of performing their jobs, the number who feel that innovative spirit is both encouraged and rewarded at their agency continues to decline. That’s according to a new Best Places to Work analysis by...

Tech Unemployment Falls to 2.7 Percent

April 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Unemployment for technology professionals fell significantly in the first quarter of 2014, in large part thanks to the growth in fields like technology consulting, according to a new analysis by Dice’s Tech Employment Snapshot for the first quarter of 2014 shows that the unemployment rate for technology professionals fell...

Are Fed Promotions Merit-Based? Managers, Staff Disagree

April 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There are some significant disparities between federal managers and employees when it comes to viewing areas like promotions and recognizing innovation, according to a new Partnership for Public Service analysis. The report – a snapshot of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government analysis – found that federal...

Telework Week Saved Feds 14 Million Miles, $13 Million

April 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mobile Work Exchange and the Office of Personnel Management on Thursday announced the impact more than 163,000 employees worldwide had by teleworking one week in March. This year’s Telework Week, which ran March 3-7, drew 163,973 pledges, more than four times the 2011 number. The average Telework Week participant teleworked...

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