Virtual Office Organization Takes On Mobile Worker FocusLOS ANGELES—In a move that demonstrates how mobile work is impacting the virtual office world, the Telework Exchange has changed its name to the Mobile Work Exchange. The public-private partnership focuses on demonstrating the value of mobility and telework, of which virtual offices often play a key part.
"Today's workforce is becoming more agile than ever, and telework is one of the components driving the mobile-enabled 21st century workforce," says Charles McClam, deputy chief information officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "At USDA, we've made it possible for our employees to effectively perform their duties from anywhere using web-enabled technologies and mobile applications.”
Why the name change? The organization points to growth in government telework adoption as well as a new focus on encouraging mobility in the federal workforce. According to the 2012 Office of Personnel Management Status of Telework Report, almost a quarter of the federal workforce reported teleworking in some form, with 31 percent of the entire workforce eligible to telework.
"Throughout its existence, Telework Exchange has been at the forefront of the Federal telework conversation," says Dr. Wendell Joice, notably known as the father of Federal telework. "As the conversation changes, I am pleased to see their continued focus on telework as well as their new approach to mobile IT. “We are at a critical point—let's make telework and mobility happen in the Federal government."
Mobile Work Exchange will continue to provide best practices in telework, performance management, effective communication, recruitment and retention, work-life balance, and other workforce-related topics. The group will also focus on key issue in mobile IT, such as cyber security/privacy, bring your own device, mobile device management, virtualization, and cloud. The organization added a new resource center on mobile IT, and refreshed its monthly publication, now called The Mobile Worker.
"We've spent the last eight years supporting the awareness and adoption of telework," says Cindy Auten, general manager of Mobile Work Exchange. "Now that the federal government is moving telework in the fast lane, the conversation is changing. And so are we.”