Author: Tonya Schreiber
In November, I joined the Mission Support Bureau as the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer and was asked to take the lead with the roll-out of the FEMA Workplace Transformation initiative. My first reaction was “this is huge” – but the thought of being part of such a great effort was intriguing.
First and foremost we should all realize and recognize that in order to reach the mobility, footprint-reduction, and performance-management goals, the current organizational culture needs to transform. Only then will change occur.
The good news? Organizational culture change is possible. Culture change requires understanding, commitment and tools.
In this time of budget and climate uncertainty, we need to respond to Presidential directives and trends that encourage government telework and mobile work. We need to embrace these challenges as a unique opportunity to exemplify innovation and operational excellence, leverage sustainability to achieve cost savings, and improve collaboration among the workforce.
To help identify business practices as they relate to workforce mobility, the agency has formed an Executive Steering and OCIO committees, and a Workplace Transformation Working Group . But, we still need assistance for success and balance from all perspectives within the Agency - leadership, employees and program offices, similar to a three-legged stool.
What does this mean for all of you? Each week I will be contributing to this column to keep you updated on the progress of this initiative. I want you to feel comfortable with contacting the email@example.com mailbox with questions. I’ll often refer to your feedback in this column. We’ve also been compiling your questions and providing answers on the FEMA intranet at http://on.fema.net/components/ooea/Pages/TeleworkFAQs.aspx.
In addition, I will be conducting a series of Town Hall meetings with all FEMA employees on Feb. 11, 12, 19 and 27. Please refer to the complete schedule provided on the FEMA intranet.
This week I’d also like to discuss the status of individual floor designs. Program offices have provided their input on floor design based on mission needs and optimum use of allocated space. This, in turn, will cause the level of work on each floor to vary -- some requiring more construction while the work on others will focus on removing and installing furniture.
Some floors at 500 C St., such as floors seven and eight, will undergo wholesale changes which involve removal of walls to create an open-style floor plan.
Other floors, such as four, six and three north -- where we recently completed work to open up space -- will undergo cubicle removal and replaced with open-style furniture.
Leadership at the SES level and above will have offices assigned. Some inner offices will be used as common areas.
As always, I encourage you to stay current with workplace transformation developments. Check the FEMA intranet regularly.
Thank you. I look forward to talking to you next week.