Article written by Nicole Ogrysko,
Federal News Network
June 17, 2020
More federal employees and contractors in the intelligence community have been gradually returning to their office spaces in the past two weeks.
But for IC leadership, “reopening” isn’t only about rearranging office spaces and cobbling together cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer, it’s also about easing the concerns of their employees and contractors who are uneasy or nervous to return to the physical workplace.
“They’ve been home for so long, and they’re trying to come back to an environment that they hadn’t been in for almost three months now,” John McDermott, an emergency management specialist at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), said Tuesday during a webinar organized by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.
State began bringing employees back to the office on Monday. Weeks before, INR surveyed its employees to hear more about their concerns, child care needs and other challenges during the pandemic...Read Full Article