From a basement office in his home about a dozen miles north of Pittsburgh, Navy Capt. James Oakes wraps up a monthly meeting of senior commanders whom he gathered online by using the service’s Web conferencing application.
Unlike the well-worn image of a government teleworker toiling on more heads-down, solitary tasks, Oakes is a senior-level official whose job with the Navy’s manpower and personnel organization requires regular contact and collaboration with others. He is the first officer to participate in the Navy’s recently launched Virtual Command pilot program, which aims to prove whether officers can successfully telework in staff positions.
This is a significant development in the increasing appeal of telelework for all types of workers.