Federal Agencies Lagging Behind Mobility Trends
Only 16 percent of federal employees give their agencies an "A" for equipping employees with mobile tools, but workers equipped with smart phones report an average time savings/productivity gain of almost an hour a day.Approximately 1.4 million federal employees spend some time out of the office each day without the technology to stay connected. According to a new study by Telework Exchange, the government could achieve an estimated $37 million a day in productivity if those workers were supplied with smart phones.Moreover, the study shows the federal mobility-without-connectivity trend is increasing. According to the survey, 82 percent of federal workers spend work time outside of the office each month, and 29 percent say they spend more time working outside of the office today than they did this time last year.
Among government managers (GS levels 7-11), the study shows 72 percent spend work time out of the office - including telework, travel and meetings outside of the office - yet only 9 percent of those managers are armed with smart phones. Federal employees who use smart phones for work purposes report an average time savings and/or productivity gain of 54 minutes per day.