There are a lot of questions surrounding a looming government shutdown, but what is certain is that federal agencies are preparing to increase in-person work this fall after more than three years of telework and flexibility since the pandemic. President Biden’s call to “aggressively” bring employees back into the office met much resistance from the federal workforce this summer. Still, despite the protests, employees will soon find themselves returning to the office more often.
A Government Accountability Office report issued last month found some federal agencies are using only 25% or less of their headquarters space. On the heels of the report’s published findings, the Office of Personnel Management urged agency leadership to increase meaningful in-person work and gather better data on telework performance through new reporting requirements. However, tracking remote employee logins and telework hours may unintentionally affect workforce productivity and team morale.