Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue wants to scale back the number of days his employees can telework. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

Regarding the March 22 letter “Teleworking is a scam”:

I am a retired Agriculture Department employee. Other employees in my program area would telecommute while I was working. To the best of my knowledge, those employees were diligent while they worked at home.

Telecommuting has many advantages for employees as well as employers in the Washington area. Employees may be more productive when they are able to get more rest and eliminate the time it takes to commute to work. Working at home can eliminate distractions that occur in the workplace, which can help an employee complete assigned work in less time and improve the quality of the work. 

When I worked, I frequently wore headphones and played classical music from a CD to remove distractions from the loud, boisterous telephone conversations of another employee in my office area.

Generally, most employees have a supervisor who monitors work performance to ensure that all employees are performing in an acceptable manner. From my observations of other employees, there is a range of performance in the office environment, which is unlikely to be different when employees are working from their homes. If anything, most employees may work harder at home to ensure they are able to continue teleworking.

Referring to telework as a scam is an insult to the integrity of all federal and nonfederal workers who telecommute.

Daniel Spieldenner, Woodbridge