Slideshow: Taking a look at telework in 2007

Research data, surveys of federal and private employers and employees reveal the pros and cons associated with the growing trend of telework.

A look at the trend toward teleworking across federal and private-sector employers in the U.S.

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Holding telework back: Productivity poses problems
What are inhibitors for telework?
Managers who do manage telework%
Security concerns30%
Fear of not having control over employees' activities67%
Lack of funding:13%
Productivity concerns:73%

Source: Federal Managers Association and Telework Exchange survey of 214 federal managers, November 2006

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Holding telework back: Security not significant concern
What are inhibitors for telework?
Security concerns%
Security concerns21%
Fear of not having control over employees' activities82%
Lack of funding:6%
Productivity concerns:73%

Source: Federal Managers Association and Telework Exchange survey of 214 federal managers, November 2006

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Enabling telework: Writing telework policies

Do you have written IT policies in place for telework?

FederalPrivate
Yes62%40%
No22%33%
Undecided16%27%

Source: Federal Managers Association and Telework Exchange survey of 214 federal managers, November 2006

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Enabling telework: Providing proper technology

Do you have a plan in place to provide technical support for teleworkers?

FederalPrivate
Yes58%49%
No18%28%
Undecided24%23%

Source: 2007 CDW Telework Report based on survey of 912 federal and 1,285 private sector employees, March 2007

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Telework technologies in use

What technologies is your organization currently using to ensure security for teleworkers?

FederalPrivate
Network Monitoring39%33%
Network security/firewalls64%58%
Authentication/encryption45%36%
Antivirus software62%56%
Secure Sockets Layer44%40%
Instrusion detection/prevention32%30%
Biometrics9%6%
Certification and accreditation tools29%25%

Source: 2007 CDW Telework Report based on survey of 912 federal and 1,285 private sector employees, March 2007

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Plans for telework enabling technologies

What technologies is your organization planning to employ in the next 18 months to ensure security??

FederalPrivate
Unsure54%56%
Network Monitoring19%10%
Network security/firewalls18%14%
Authentication/encryption18%11%
Antivirus software17%15%
Secure Sockets Layer16%9%
Instrusion detection/prevention14%12%
Biometrics12%12%
Certification and accreditation tools11%9%

Source: 2007 CDW Telework Report based on survey of 912 federal and 1,285 private sector employees, March 2007

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Telework what ifs
What technologies is your organization planning to employ in the next 18 months to ensure security?

If you would opt to telework, why?

FederalPrivate
Yes79%63%
No21%37%

Source: 2007 CDW Telework Report based on survey of 912 federal and 1,285 private sector employees, March 2007

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Telework what ifs

If you had the option to telework, would you?

FederalPrivate
No commute63%71%
Greater flexibility49%66%
Greater productivity40%29%
Fewer work-related expenses28%31%

Source: 2007 CDW Telework Report based on survey of 912 federal and 1,285 private sector employees, March 2007

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Potential problems with telework

If you would not opt to telework, why not?

FederalPrivate
Isolation, would miss interaction50%79%
Do not want to be at home33%32%
Concern about career impact29%38%
Reduced productivity21%29%

Source: 2007 CDW Telework Report based on survey of 912 federal and 1,285 private sector employees, March 2007

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Telework and federal employee satisfaction

How satisfied are you with your current job?

Option to teleworkNo option to network
Very satisfied41%32%
Satisfied48%51%
Unsatisfied5%11%
Very Unsatisfied5%4%
Undecided/don't know2%2%

Source: 2007 CDW Telework Report based on survey of 912 federal and 1,285 private sector employees, March 2007

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Telework and private-sector employee satisfaction

How satisfied are you with your current job?

Option to teleworkNo option to network
Very satisfied41%27%
Satisfied48%57%
Unsatisfied7%9%
Very Unsatisfied4%5%
Undecided/don't know0%3%

Source: 2007 CDW Telework Report based on survey of 912 federal and 1,285 private sector employees, March 2007

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