Government working-from-home in the time of pandemics — 2 Comments

  1. You are totally correct, but its also a catch-22. We will never improve our ability to telework unless we encourage it and try it. Accepting that failures can and will occur, but that solutions will be found. That encouragement hasn’t happened, so the investment hasn’t happened and our ability to do so hasn’t kept up with the private sector.

    Not even for IT (my field) where it could easily be done. I was afforded the luxury and was encouraged to work remotely much more often in the private sector almost 20 years ago for the 5 years I work private, than I have in my last 15 years in Government IT service. It is absolutely a problem of encouragement from the top.

    Im not even an entitled Millenial but the often forgotten Gen-Xer…but I suppose I was spoiled from my time during Ottawa’s .com boom. πŸ™‚

    • I agree completely. But we have the technology, we can rebuild it…better, stronger, faster! πŸ™‚

      I fear though that the next couple of weeks will do more to convince people, “See? YOu can’t do this, it doesn’t work.”

      For me, it is a lot like Workplace 2.0. I had experienced it and it sucked. Or so I thought until I experienced REAL 2.0, not the bastardized / watered-down version we’d seen before. For the coming weeks, working from home is like “bad work-from-home” and people (i.e., senior management) will likely learn the wrong lessons based not on “good” practices but on “bad” examples.

      Or it will be a garden of productivity and I’m just pessimistic. I knew I shouldn’t have binged Continuum last night.


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