Trusting Telework in the Federal Government
The data fron Brown's (2012) study to ascertain why leaders in the federal government prohibit telework were analyzed to identify themes relative to trust. Of the eight themese Brown identified, five are trust-related.
Despite an Executive Office mandate to permit federal workers to telework, federal managers still deny employees this benefit. Several factors have been attributed to their aversion, including lack of trust. Findings from a hermeneutic phenomenological study exploring the lived experiences and perceptions of 12 federal government managers who prohibit their employees from teleworking (Brown, 2013) was analyzed to identify themes related to trust. Of the eight themes Brown identified, five focused on lack of trust. This paper discusses those five trust-related themes and recommends success factors for enabling leaders’ trust of telework are discussed.
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