According to Pew Research, “Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, roughly six-in-ten U.S. workers who say their jobs can mainly be done from home (59%) are working from home all or most of the time. The vast majority of these workers (83%) say they were working from home even before the omicron variant started to spread in the United States.”
The COVID-19 pandemic transformed the way America —and the world —works, commutes, telecommutes, collaborates, etc. Some jobs and job duties comfortably made the transition from office to home —others did not. Take for example the Department of Health and Human Services who, according to internal review, had 25-percent of its employees fail to even log into the company system during the first few months of the pandemic.
Health Services. Pandemic. This was supposed to be their Super Bowl —and some of the team decided to no-show.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, “An estimated 25 percent of Department of Health and Human Services employees neglected to log on to the agency’s software suite, which includes their email, work files, video conference calls, and other applications needed to perform remote work, according to the internal documents.”
So, 25 percent of the office didn’t work.
The internal review was conducted by then-HHS-Secretary Chief of Staff Brian Harrison, who says “”Almost everyone was home at the federal health agency responding to a pandemic—I found that problematic and worked to safely increase those numbers,” Harrison told the Free Beacon. “Biden sent everyone back home, and you can’t run HHS like that effectively.”
“Harrison, now a Republican state representative in Texas, said he grew concerned in the early months of the pandemic that lenient telework policies led to inefficient output from employees. He said he began to track office attendance and found fewer than 10 percent of employees showed up at certain points in 2020. The discovery led him to conduct a comprehensive review of how much remote work employees were doing,” WFB reported.
Fewer than 10-percent of HHS showed up the year the pandemic broke? Yikes.
WFB reports that Peter McGinnis, the communications director for the Functional Government Initiative, says Biden’s push for unnecessary telework definitely harmed taxpayers.
“Work from home? Perhaps not working at all,” McGinnis told the Free Beacon.
“Extending pandemic-era telework for no good reason hurts Americans who need in-person attention and care,” says Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-NM), who’s sponsoring a bill that would reestablish pre-pandemic telework policies for federal workers. “The first priority of public employees should be to serve their employers, the American people.”
HHS employees 80,000 workers and has requested a budget of $1.7 trillion dollars for 2023.