WASHINGTON. On Thursday, the Biden administration announced that employees could return to their offices. However, the administration also laid out a permanent work from home policy to transform the federal government’s workplace culture.
Since January, federal agencies have had to limit the staff number to 25% occupancy. As post-pandemic plans start to take form, government agencies are allowed flexible schedules and work from home policies.
According to the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Personnel Management, and the General Services Administration,“Evaluation of an employee’s performance should be based on factors such as accountability for results or quality of the work, and should not be affected by whether an employee is working in the office, teleworking, based remotely, or working a flexible work schedule.”
Thursday’s updates remote plans to support employees requesting flexible work schedules. In short, the new policy implementation and expand hybrid options for managers and employees:
- Further training for leaders on “fair and equitable performance management.”
- Relocation support and schedule
- More convenient arrangements for work from home schedules.
These latest updates are the first test to test a post-pandemic workplace.
Thursday’s memo was the first step to returning to a post-pandemic work environment. The White House aims to balance work from home policies to support the vaccination campaign. The future of the workforce is hard to picture, and hybrid models are the most likely while testing post-pandemic solutions.