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Monday, December 05, 2005

The Value of Telework in Business Continuity

Telework Exchange, an online community focused on eliminating "telework gridlock" in the Federal government, today announced the results of a continuity of operations (COOP) study - "COOP: A Wake Up Call."

The study reveals Federal employees' level of continuity of operations planning awareness, and underscores the value of telework in business continuity. Results of the study indicate that 45 percent of Federal employee respondents do not have personal guidance from their agencies on how to handle a disaster, and more than 40 percent feel their agency is not prepared to continue business operations in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.
"The findings of 'COOP: A Wake Up Call' study demonstrate the value of telework programs as well as the need to increase awareness of business continuity preparedness," said Stephen W.T. O'Keeffe, executive director, Telework Exchange.

"With the recent hurricane season as well as the threat of an avian flu pandemic, telework is a critical component in disaster preparedness for the United States government. Telework can provide better inter- and intra- agency communications with minimal to no business interruption. The Telework Exchange is committed to enabling public-private sector dialogue to accelerate telework adoption and awareness in the Federal government."

A copy of the study is available to download free with registration at the Telework Exchange website, which offers a lot of other free resources and news articles related to teleworking.

According to an article in Network World magazine, lawmakers in Washington DC have been making noise on the telework front lately, with legislatures convening to discuss what government agencies and corporations are doing to help the U.S. workforce deal with volatile gas prices.

And recently, here on the Gill Blog, we wrote about a short post also connecting telework to broadband, BCM and gas prices.