The inspector general’s office at the Defense Department conducted a survey. A majority of those who responded said they had positive telework experiences during the pandemic. Continuing telework options could support Army initiatives, according to Cpt. Matt Fitzgerald (U.S. Army).
- Fitzgerald, writing in “War on the Rocks,” said a small number of limited and targeted remote work billets could benefit the Army and other Defense Department services.
- While there are positives to in-person work, Fitzgerald said, there are synergies to decentralization, including increased efficiency from reduced commute times and greater focus for some people.
- Fitzgerald said the Army has been reluctant to embrace telework but that preferences greatly differ between younger and older cohorts.