Remote Work Has Made Developing Relationships with Colleagues Harder – Here’s What Workers and Bosses Need Now

Hybrid and remote-heavy work setups have fundamentally changed how people interact at ‘the office.’ What do workers and managers want out of the workplace now?

House Overseers Are Looking Into the GSA Administrator’s Telework

GOP-led committee is seeking details about Robin Carnahan's work arrangements, as it attempts to get more federal employees back in the office .

D.C. Wants to Move Beyond COVID-19 Telework. What's Taking The Federal Government So Long?

GovExec Daily staff discusses the ways that the pandemic has changed agency office plans in Washington, D.C.

Working in Isolation Can Pose Mental Health Challenges – Here’s What Anyone Can Learn from How Gig Workers Have Adapted

Gig workers navigate the challenges of solo work by seeking out relationships and cultivating skills to cope with emotional turbulence.

The D.C. Mayor Wants ‘Decisive Action’ on the Federal Government’s Return to Office Plans

There has been movement to get some employees back in person and assess real estate needs, but the mayor would like more specifics.  

Much of the CDC Is Working Remotely. That Could Make Changing the Agency Difficult.

Like many U.S. workplaces, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention went remote during the pandemic. Most of the agency’s staff members haven’t returned to the office full time, raising concerns about the CDC’s ability to reform itself after recent stumbles.

A Union and the EEOC Have Reached a Settlement Over the Agency’s Failure to Negotiate Office Reentry

The deal requires health and safety inspections of all EEOC work sites, reduces the number of days employees must report to their offices to three per pay period, and opens the door to negotiating a remote work policy for employees.

VA Used COVID Relief Funds to Bolster IT and Digital Services

The VA used supplemental COVID funding from three different bills to support expanded telehealth services and remote operations during the worst of the pandemic.

Lagging Pay and Back to the Office Transitions Likely Caused Feds' Morale Drop This Year, OPM Says

The lack of pay increases to match inflation and the federal government’s implementation of return to office initiatives could be responsible for dips in employee satisfaction as measured in the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.

Environmental Protection Agency Workers File Suit Over Remote Work Policies

EPA workers in the agency's largest region allege that their remote work requests have been unfairly denied.

Social Security Union Rallies Outside the Agency's Headquarters for Funding, Bargaining and Training

An internal survey conducted by the American Federation of Government Employees found that 4 in 10 field office respondents are considering leaving the agency within the next year.

Collaborative Tools Are More Needed Than Performance Tech in Remote Work, Study Says

According to the study, current tools focus on productivity, but there needs to be a transition for the government to also focus on collaboration.

A House Panel Overwhelmingly Advanced Legislation to Protect Federal Workers During Pandemics

The Chai Suthammanont Healthy Federal Workplaces Act would require federal agencies to develop and publish workplace safety plans to prepare for future pandemics.

FDIC Is Already Reneging on Its New Telework Agreement, Union Says

The National Treasury Employees Union said employees were promised telework with no need to return to the office regularly, only for managers to make attendance at weekly check-in meetings mandatory.

More Than 1 in 3 Government Employees Haven’t Taken a Vacation in Last Year, Survey Says

Public sector employees cite the cost of taking time off as a key reason why they aren’t vacationing.

Survey: Performance, Pressure Have Increased Among Remote Government Employees During COVID

The survey also revealed managers seem to trust employees to perform more in virtual environments.

The Federal Labor Authority Has Substantiated Union Accusations against EEOC Over Reentry

The federal anti-discrimination agency said it was committed to bargaining “in good faith” with its labor representatives but stopped short of committing to roll back its unilaterally implemented reentry plan.