Changes and implementation of new telework policies are beginning to spread across the country as federal offices start taking steps necessary to increase the number of employees telecommuting. According to an article in the Federal Times, Kansas City Missouri offices of General Services Administration are implementing the new Heartland Telework Optimization Pilot program.
Since June, forty-three employees have been allowed to telecommute from home up to five days per week. The program has met with substantial success according to both the management and employees, with 86% of employees stating more job satisfaction and 77% in agreement that their productivity had increased. The pilot telework program was initially set to run from June to October, but has been extended a full year according to the article in the Federal Times.