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Results Only Work Environment

Implement the program being piloted in OPM in every feasible agency and OPDIV. We already have the tools to do it. The performance monitoring matrices have been developed and implemented. Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) is practical for most if not all office based positions and has increased productivity and reduced cost effectively in the private sector for years. It has also allowed companies to recruit and... more »

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Telework Fridays

Declare every Friday to be "Telework Friday". Those employees who are equipped to do so should be encouraged to STAY HOME. By coordinating the day on which people telework, it makes it possible to schedule meetings more effectively. It should also make it possible to turn down thermostats in departments or offices where no one is present. And of course, will save on gas, improve traffic and improve employees' morale.... more »

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Teleworking

Teleworking up to three days per week would save costs associated with commuting subsidies (metro allowances, etc), as well as save on utility costs of office lighting, office computer use, HVAC use in offices. Also, severe weather would not result in as massive of losses in productivity due to closing the government. Teleworking could save us many millions across many sectors if management would just allow this.

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Junk the Junk Food!

Upgrade government cafeteria food choices to HEALTHY. Stop selling junk food, sodas, high fat and high cholesterol foods in government cafeterias and vending machines. This will improve health, reduce sickness, reduce healthcare costs, and reduce health insurance premiums.

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Reduce Workplace Stress through Creation of Wellness Quiet Rooms in all Federal Workplace Buildings

Federal employees often spend 8 or more hours daily within an office workplace environment. This is more time then we may spend at our homes. Research shows that to improve productivity and creating a better workplace can begin by reducing employee stress. Research states the following: 43% of all adults suffer adverse health to stress; 75-90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related complaints... more »

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More Part-time employees that Telecommute/Telework

A lot has been said about telecommuting/teleworking. In addition to establishing the technology infrastructure and permissions to do this throughout government organizations, I think telecommuting can have a particular benefit in expanding and diversifying the federal workforce in a cost-effective manner through part-time employees. There are three main people that might benefit from such a job opportunity: (1) Those... more »

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Cash out annual leave over 240 hours

We are only allowed to carry over 240 hours of annual leave. This results in much wasted time as people try to figure out exactly when to take one hour here and two hours there so that they end with exactly 240. Also it results in people taking weeks of vacation at the end of the year (which decreases the amount of work being done even more) because they don’t want to lose any hours over 240 (nor do they want to donate... more »

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4 day work week

Offer 4 day weeks to ALL employees for 80% pay and scale benefits accordingly. Part time work is frowned upon, and many managers are resistant to the idea. If it comes from a higher authority, it's no longer an option for them to knee-jerk deny any request for a 4 day week. Of course, you'd have to have a pilot phase to see if the reduction in time would significantly reduce an employee's productivity. I'd wager that... more »

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Allow Purchase of Airline Tickets on the Open Market

Allow federal employees to purchase airline tickets and other travel through carriers or online companies, such as travelocity, expedia, kayak, etc. We can purchase tickets at a much lower cost than having to go through fedtravel.com for the guaranteed rate. I realize the advantage of fedtravel.com is that the tickets are refundable, but the expense of higher-priced nonrefundable tickets could be offset by the ability... more »

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Hour and a half allowed each day (during lunch breaks) for Exercise

Allow people to exercise, as an option, during their lunch breaks similarly to how the Military allows this. In other words an hour and a half would need to be granted to allow time in the showere room, to shower and get dressed back into business attire from exericise clothes. This would make for a fitter and healthier Federal Government and would assit in reducing Health related instances, in the long run. Thank... more »

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Government-wide telecommuting pilot project

I suggest a telecommunicating pilot program for up to a year. All agencies will be required to permit and encourage a liberal use of telecommunicating unless they can reasonably document that the mission of the agency IS being compromised (not "might be" compromised). See if anyone notices a difference in efficiency and effectiveness. Limit telecommuting for new employees for a reasonable period of time to enable managers... more »

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