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Country Celebrates National Work and Family Month

The importance of work-life balance continues to be a critical factor in the successful recruitment and retention of top employees. As endorsement of this real-world consideration, earlier this fall the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating the month of October as National Work and Family Month.

The resolution, the result of a campaign by WorldatWork and the Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP), recognizes the importance of flexible work schedules to job productivity and to healthy families, and urges public officials, employers, employees, and the general public to work together to achieve more balance between work and family.

President Barack Obama, who has long been a supporter of telework and any effort to advance work-life effectiveness, immediately expressed support for the resolution and touted it as an opportunity to advance the cause. In a statement issued by the White House on October 25th, the President said that "National Work and Family Month serves as a reminder to all of us, especially working caregivers, their families, and their employers, that while we have made great strides as a nation to adopt more flexible policies in the workplace, there’s more we can do."

During October, employees were encouraged to use the month to make pro-active efforts to strike a better balance between work and life by talking to their managers about flexible work arrangements, giving telework a try, condensing a workweek, joining a wellness program, or taking steps to organize a workplace volunteer activity.

For additional information, please visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/10/25/statement-president-national-work-and-family-month.

National Telework Week Announced: February 11-14, 2011

Telework Week 2011, a nationwide effort to encourage government agencies, organizations, and individuals to pledge to telework, will take place February 14-18. Telework Week 2011 is free to individuals and organizations across the public and private sectors.

Telework is a win-win-win opportunity for organizations, employees, and the environment. Enabling the remote workforce also serves as a critical element in business continuity planning, employee recruitment and retention, and real estate cost savings.

Interested participants can pledge to telework, calculate potential commuting cost savings and environmental savings by teleworking, and learn more about how to get started through a series of free telework-focused Webcasts. To learn more about Telework Week 2011 and to make your pledge, please visit www.teleworkexchange.com/teleworkweek.

Webcast: The Telework Big Picture

In a successful telework program, agencies must ensure they consider the "big picture" by identifying key program requirements, building the business case for telework in collaboration with senior management, and selecting the appropriate technologies to enable their mobile workforce. On December 15, Telework Exchange and Cisco will host The Telework Big Picture Webcast focused on defining the essentials to build a robust telework program. To register, please visit www.teleworkexchange.com/teleworkweek/webcast1.

Telework Best Practices: Gaining Management Support Webcast

On October 21st, Telework Exchange and Adobe hosted a Webcast focused on government agencies' successful tactics for gaining management buy-in and support for agency-wide telework programs. The Webcast, titled Telework Best Practices: Gaining Management Support, included strategies and case examples from Adobe, Telework Exchange, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Patrina Clark, Chief Human Capital Officer, GAO, was joined by Bobby Caudill, Solution Architect, Global Government Solutions, Adobe Systems, Inc. and moderator Josh Sawislak, Senior Fellow, Telework Exchange, who led the discussion on key strategies to engage management up front and to design training programs that help managers measure results. For more information and to download the Webcast materials, please visit: www.teleworkexchange.com/gainingmanagementsupport.

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