CDW-G Federal Telework Update Reveals That Federal Telework Adoption Remains Gridlocked 60 Days After the Wolf Telework Fine Deadline
Federal Workers Overwhelmingly Support Telework; Rising Gas Prices Fuel Increased Interest in Telework
Herndon, VA - April 5, 2005 - CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G) - a wholly owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation (NASDAQ: CDWC) and leading source of information technology (IT) solutions to governments and educators - today announced the findings of the CDW-G Federal Telework Update. The Update reveals that Federal agencies are failing to achieve traction against mandated telework requirements - despite the fact that a series of Federal agencies face $5 million fines for failing to comply with existing telework law. The Update also reveals increasing commuter sensitivity to rising gas prices as an important reason to telework.
Federal Telework Report
Approximately 60 days after the deadline for the Wolf Telework Fines:
Commuters are increasingly sensitive to the rising price of gasoline, with the percentage of employees citing reduced work-related expenses as a primary benefit of telework jumping from 31 percent in January to 46 percent in April
- The percentage of Federal employees actually teleworking crept up a scant 1 percent to 20 percent
- The percentage of Federal employees aware of their eligibility to telework remains unchanged at 51 percent
- The percentage of Federal employees currently unable to telework decreased by just 1 percent
- The percentage of Federal employees aware of the option to telework improved only slightly, with 3 percent of respondents moving from "unaware" to "aware"
"Investing in Federal telework will pay off many times over, with benefits including increased productivity and worker retention," said Max Peterson, CDW-G vice president of Federal sales. "With interest in telework increasing, especially as rising gas prices cause Federal employees to rethink their commuting patterns, the time is right for Federal agencies to drive a serious telework initiative."
The CDW-G Federal Telework Update was based upon in-person interviews with a random sample of 101 Federal employees in the Metro-DC area during the final week in March. The questions used in the survey were identical to the initial CDW-G Federal Telework Report, released in January 2005. Querying 148 Federal Information Technology (IT) professionals and 139 Federal employees, the CDW-G Federal telework report was the first concurrent survey of both stakeholder groups.
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