The dramatic shift to a hybrid work environment for the federal space is old news by now. According to the 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the number of federal employees working from home rose 1,900 percent during the pandemic. A mere three percent of federal employees worked remotely before the coronavirus outbreak. At the peak of the pandemic, 60 percent of employees reported working from somewhere other than their office.
By now, agencies know there is no putting the toothpaste back in the tube. Many employees found that they work well from home and appreciate the flexibility in their workday. In fact, a study from Harvard Business Review revealed that nearly a third of employees say they don’t ever want to return to an in-office setting for work. That said, 21 percent of employees in the same study feel the opposite, saying they never want to work from home again.
The answer to many is clear: a hybrid work environment is the only path forward. But what does that path look like for a federal agency and how do the IT leaders on those teams know they are headed in the right direction?
A guide from Dell Technologies, Carahsoft, and GovLoop aims to answer these questions by outlining five key components designed to set up federal agencies for success in their hybrid workplace journey. Delving into the areas of data, innovation, modern infrastructure, Zero Trust cybersecurity, and backup and recovery, experts from across the federal technology space offer their insights and advice about crucial next steps for agencies.
You’ll get more in-depth information about essential tools for the hybrid workplace, like a hyperconverged infrastructure. Frank Indiviglio, Deputy Director for High Performance Computing and Communications at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), says “HCI in the government is a way to simplify how we manage our resources. It shifts our management away from worrying about parts in the data center to managing the data center more as a whole through services and applications.”
This guide also explores challenges agencies have encountered, and how to solve for those issues. “Training and mindset are probably the most important pieces that organizations will have to overcome,” says George Strother, Storage Management Branch Chief at the Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Chief Information Officer for the National IT Center. “We’re going through a big technology transformation right now. Getting past the fear of change is really important.”
Interested in learning more about constructing a reliable, long-term hybrid work environment at your agency? Download the guide from Dell Technologies, Carahsoft, and GovLoop titled, “5 Pillars for Cultivating a Secure and Inclusive Hybrid Workplace” here.