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OPM offers online telework course

For some workers, teleworking is as easy as turning on the home computer, maybe downloading company software, and getting to work.


Nothing is that simple with Uncle Sam.

So, the Office of Personnel Management is providing online training for federal staffers and managers, Telework 101 for Employees and Telework 101 for Managers.

“Telework can give you more control over your schedule, more time for family and community, and freedom from the interruptions of a noisy office. But will it work for you? This course gives you a brief, practical introduction to telework,” says the introduction to the employee training.

The course for supervisors says “telework can help managers attract and retain the best qualified employees, provide them with uninterrupted blocks of time to work on key projects, and give their organization a way of functioning more effectively during crisis situations and other business interruptions. The course .... walks managers through the process of developing a program, selecting employees for telework, and managing effectively in a telework environment.”

Training for both employees and managers offer instruction in the essentials of telework, skills and processes and telework-related topics.

Previous columns by Joe Davidson are available at Follow the Federal Diary on Twitter: @JoeDavidsonWP

Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.

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