The pandemic brought numerous workforce changes and proved the longterm viability of some such as telework. Recognizing this, the Air Force has completed an assessment of the good and bad and issued new guidelines that address telework going forward.
“The pandemic has shown we can be successful using telework in many areas of our mission, and it helps bridge our current force structure to the force we need for the future,” John Fedrigo, acting assistant secretary of the Air Force for manpower and reserve affairs, said in a May 18 announcement.
The new guidance gives commanders and supervisors leverage in determining which airmen, guardians and civilian employees still could telework or work remotely. Leadership also could approve telework for people who are faced with emergencies or other situations that would warrant it.
Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, the deputy chief of staff for manpower and reserve affairs, believes telework and remote work opportunities could allow the service to better meet mission requirements.
“Telework and remote work provide additional tools and options to help us recruit and retain the right talent to compete in the high-end future fight,” Kelly said. “With remote work, we can now attract someone with specialized skills we need and not require them to relocate when it makes sense for the mission, the individual and a member’s deployment.”