Published Monday, May 14th, 2012, by Mike Sullivan.
There’s been plenty of headlines about the poor judgment of some U.S. Secret Service members in recent weeks, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that more federal agencies are making mobile IT investments that set the stage for remote work. Is your business center ready for the storm—and the potential food?
The Telework Exchange just announced the results of The 2012-2013 Telework/Mobile IT Almanac. The Almanac provides a snapshot of where federal agencies stand on enabling remote workers and delivers a forecast for mobile IT investments.
“Mobile device use among federal workers is clearly on the rise,” says Bob Kerr, vice president of SwishData Corporation. “Federal agencies are successfully implementing telework polices and the technology infrastructure needed to support remote workers—but there are some areas where agencies can improve.”
The report reveals that 65 percent of federal agencies cite above average IT programs for enabling telework and mobility. What’s more, federal IT executives expect mobile device use to increase by 20 percent by 2013. What does this mean for your business center.
If you’ve been paying attention, you may have already noticed a federal worker walking through your business center doors. The study shows about 21 percent of federal employees are already teleworking. Fifty-nine percent of those surveyed expect more regular teleworkers and 45 percent expect more part-time mobile workers in the next two years.
“More than half of Federal agencies are making the grade in terms of enabling the growing mobile workforce,” says Cindy Auten, general manager, Telework Exchange. “They serve as a model for others looking to strengthen their telework programs in the most efficient way possible,” said Cindy Auten, general manager, Telework Exchange. “As the number of teleworkers and mobile workers increases over the next couple of years, it is imperative agencies invest in technology that supports the changing workforce.”
And it’s also imperative that business centers invest. Federal workers must be assured that they can do business from your serviced office space securely. With the rising population of remote federal workers who need a place to land while traveling or need a meeting room in which to conduct business, savvy business centers are taking measured steps to bolster the security of their technology infrastructures now. It may be time to consult with a security specialist who can help you prepare for opportunities on the federal worker front.