Teleworking by Kevin D. – Post 1

Teleworking by Kevin D. – Post 1

Post 1 – Getting Started

Kevin D. works for Adams County as the Legislative Liaison.  Kevin started teleworking in August 2016 and offered to write about his experiences for a series of blog posts.  Have a question for Kevin?  Smart Commute would be happy to route you to him, just shoot us a line.

The majority of my work during my proposed teleworking period is researched-based, and conducting that work in a quieter environment (i.e. home) would lead to enhanced production and the lack of a daily long distance commute to/from the office will allow for more “desk” time.

This is my first blog post on teleworking, so I thought I would focus on how I began this process of teleworking.

As the Legislative Liaison for Adams County, my role is to work with the County’s Intergovernmental Relations Manager, the County Manager, county department directors, and the Board of County Commissioners to develop and manage the county’s state and federal legislative affairs strategy, legislative activities, and lobbying efforts.  In addition to working with those internal County entities, I also work closely with the Colorado General Assembly, the various Colorado Departments and Agencies, the US Congress, and the Administration to carry out the County’s legislative and policy agendas. I have been working in and around government for the past 14 years, and my previous roles have required me to work both independently and in a team, but I was mainly in positions where I was not micromanaged and was simply expected to get the work done with little oversight (which I have done very successfully throughout my career).

Given the nature of my work revolves mainly around the Colorado General Assembly and the US Congress (and neither would be in session through the beginning of September), the fact that during this period (August – Mid-September) I have a large number of off-site meetings to attend, and that the main focus of my in-office work for this period is researched-based, I brought up the subject of teleworking with my supervisor and the County Manager back in May.

kevins commuteBy teleworking, I explained, I would be better positioned, geographically, to attend external meetings given I have a 64 mile round trip commute each day, and most of my meetings are closer to my home than the office. In addition, given the majority of my work during my proposed teleworking period is researched-based (I would not be in a position where I need to have daily meetings with my colleagues in the office), conducting that work in a quieter environment (i.e. home) would lead to enhanced production and the lack of a daily long distance commute to/from the office will allow for more “desk” time.

After laying that out, and what I envisioned my teleworking to be, the County approved my limited teleworking plan: 3 days per week for the first three weeks, then 2 days per week for the next two weeks, then one day each week for the last 2 weeks, for a total of 15 days of teleworking over the course of 7 weeks.  I officially began teleworking the week of August 1st, and I have to admit, it was hard the first few days to make the transition from being in an office environment to a “home office” environment. More on that in the next post….

Post 2 – The Sequester