Is the Digital Wave Creating a ‘Never-Ending Work Day’ for Feds? from

January 23, 2015  |   Blog   |     |   Comments Off on Is the Digital Wave Creating a ‘Never-Ending Work Day’ for Feds? from

Many federal leaders are enthusiastic about the power of digital technology to improve the way government workers get their work done.

But almost as many federal managers worry the rise of new technology has actually upended a healthy sense of work-life balance and could lead to “never-ending work days” that drain federal employees’ morale.

That rift is revealed in a new survey examining agency leaders’ views about technology in the federal workplace conducted by the National Academy of Public Administration and ICF International.

“There’s a dichotomy — an almost even split — between those in the survey who really thought that digital technology benefited them … and those who saw that technology actually became more of a tether,” said Dan Chenok, executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government.

Chenok, who was a member of the five-person panel that drafted the survey and analyzed the results, spoke last week at an event unveiling the survey results.

By overwhelming margins — nine out of 10 — federal leaders surveyed say they’ve embraced digital technology in the workplace, in part, because of the promise of enhanced productivity.

Continue Reading: