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Air Force Vice Chief: Nearly One-Third of Employees May Permanently Telework

By Rachel S. Cohen

About one-third of Air Force employees may remain largely out of the office even after the coronavirus pandemic subsides, Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. “Seve” Wilson said Sept. 16. “There’ll be a portion of our workforce that never comes back to working as we knew it in the past. I don’t know what that number is—is it 30 percent of our workforce?” Wilson said at AFA’s virtual Air, Space, and Cyber Conference. “They may show up to work in a work environment once a day, once a week type of thing, but … because we’ve got everything connected, because we’ve got this workforce that can now work from wherever they are, whenever they want, it’s changed the paradigm on how we’re going to do work.” The service must now give people the same quality of technology in an office that they’re used to at home.