The last year has brought about incredible change in the federal workforce, and it shows no sign of stopping. With a new Director for the Office of Personnel and Management (OPM) confirmed, the next several months will bring new energy and activity to formalizing and standardizing workplace policies, processes, and approaches for the "new normal" of a digital-first government.
The move to telework changed how many people view and even perform their jobs. Before the pandemic, telework was sporadically used throughout government and viewed pretty skeptically. Now that the genie is out of the bottle, it's clear that government can continue to function without people in office buildings from 9am-5pm. As in-person work starts to come back around, the new shift will be in defining and managing a hybrid workforce.
Extending a meeting over the internet ("online" or "hybrid" conference/meeting extensions) means broadcasting meeting content in a way that remote attendees - in the U.S. and potentially worldwide - can securely access the presentations, interact with the presenters, discuss the topics online, chat & network amongst themselves, and access archives of the conference/meeting sessions afterwards.
Here are the top "myths" I hear from government meeting planners:
If you rely on live events for education, marketing, professional networking, or organizational development, you might need a quick primer in low-carbon meeting design to weather the next economic and energy crunch.
That's right--the next crunch. It may be coming sooner than you think, and most organizations are entirely unprepared for the impact on face-to-face meeting programs that may be essential to their success.