New Jersey state workers will be part of a 1-year pilot program starting this summer that will give them the option of working from home a few days a week, according to TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville.

The article says the New Jersey Civil Service Commission approved the program that will give most of the state departments the authority to offer its employees a telework program.

As we all know, telework a.k.a. working-from-home became the norm for a lot of workers during the pandemic and many employers found that productivity didn't suffer, causing employers to rethink how they conduct business in the future.

New Jersey Governor Murphy said in the article that this new pilot program is "a bold step toward modernizing New Jersey's State workplace landscape while maintaining core services and ensuring responsiveness to the needs of constituents."

This is the way of the world now. The working world has changed drastically over the last two years. If the state wants quality people as a part of its team, it must make the opportunities attractive, and being able to work-from-home is attractive to most people these days. I have over-qualified friends who won't even consider jobs now unless they can have a flexible at-home schedule.

NJ state employees won't be working from home 5 days a week though. This telework program will allow the state departments to offer no more than 2 days of at-home work. Employees wishing to be a part of the program will fill out an application to determine if they're eligible. Motor Vehicle Commission workers and Department of Labor and Workforce Development are not eligible due to the in-person services they provide.

This pilot program will go into effect on July 1st, 2022

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