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Frequently Asked Questions Telework

Can I require employees who telework to document their work assignments when working off-site?

As a general rule, no.  The Telework Enhancement Act contains specific language that clearly states teleworkers and non-teleworkers are to be treated the same for purposes of:

  • Periodic appraisals of job performance;
  • Training, rewarding, reassigning, promoting, reducing in grade, retaining and removing employees;
  • Work requirements; or
  • Other acts involving managerial discretion
In sum this means the performance standards for teleworking employees must be the same as the performance standards for non-teleworking employees.  Like non-teleworking employees, teleworkers are held accountable for the results they produce.  Good performance techniques practiced by a manager will mean a smooth, easier transition to a telework environment.  Resources for performance management are available from OPM.

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