To support agencies and employees as they begin to return to the office, OPM has developed a toolkit with information to assist in this next phase and beyond.
Telework and Remote Work Guidance
This Revised Guide to Telework in the Federal Government is designed to bring the contents of the 2011 guide up to date by addressing policy gaps and offering resources to help contextualize the continued evolution of telework as a critical workplace flexibility.
Pay and Leave Guidance
As Federal agencies develop reconstitution plans and return to regular operations, managers seeking to adapt work arrangements to the COVID-19 environment may use flexible work schedules (FWS) to maintain the productivity, health and safety of the workforce (e.g. by facilitating maintenance of social distance in the workplace). FWS consist of workdays with core hours and flexible hours and allow an employee to complete his or her biweekly basic work requirement by determining his or her own schedule within the limits set by the agency. Those limits may include daily or weekly basic work requirements. Agencies may expand the types of FWS that are available to employees as different types of schedules provide different degrees of flexibility. When combined with telework, FWS can provide agencies with the flexibility to maintain safe social distance between employees in the workplace by reducing the percentage of employees who are in the office at any given time. FWS can also assist employees in balancing professional duties with caregiving and other responsibilities.
Work Life Tips
OPM is committed to supporting Federal agency leaders and human resource professionals throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond as we prepare the Federal workforce for the future of work. In addition to providing continual policy guidance and technical assistance OPM will provide resources to agencies to support a focus on mental health and additional work life programs.
This one-hour, interactive course helps employees, human resources practitioners, supervisors, managers, and executives understand and apply Performance Management Plus (PM+) with an emphasis on engaging employees to enable their excellence in performance. Specifically, PM+ conveys the importance of focusing on employees rather than just the completion of a few performance management activities – it is the people and the process. By taking this approach, agencies will empower high employee performance where the “Plus” in PM+ prioritizes the establishment and reinforcement of solid, positive supervisor-employee relationships – leading to mutual trust and providing a key to unlocking individual and organizational success.