CECOM leaders introduce new telework policy

By Maya GreenSeptember 6, 2023

MG Edmonson
Commanding General of U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command and Aberdeen Proving Ground Senior Commander Maj. Gen. Robert L. Edmonson II speaks at the quarterly CECOM town hall, Aug. 22, 2023, in the Myer Auditorium. (Photo Credit: Sean Kief, CECOM PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command’s senior leadership updated the workforce during the quarterly town hall on Aug. 22, 2023, in the Myer Auditorium. Topics of discussion included information on feedback surveys, the new telework policy, and the Kathy Canham Ross award of distinction winner. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

Maj. Gen. Robert L. Edmonson II, commanding general of CECOM, opened the town hall with an address to the workforce. He thanked CECOM employees for supporting Soldiers all over the globe with the work they do here on the installation. Edmonson praised the combined efforts of installation organizations and community partnerships for the success of Demonstration Day, C5ISR Hall of Fame, and Military Appreciation Night, before handing the floor to CECOM’s Command Sgt. Maj. Michael R. Conaty.

Conaty reminded the CECOM team about the opportunity to complete the Defense Organizational Climate Survey that releases later this month. Results from the survey provide commanders with organizational-specific information on critical personnel topics. The DEOCS is voluntary but is an opportunity to express your opinions about your work environment, especially any work-related issues.

Employees will receive an email directly from Sgt. 1st Class Rinaldo Rivera providing a link to the DEOCS survey for their organization.

Following the DEOCS, employees will have an opportunity for their voice to be heard on another important topic, with the Workplace and Gender Relations Survey, to better understand and address issues that may be impacting its members' health and safety. Results from this survey go directly to senior leaders in the Department of Defense.

The survey link to the Workplace and Gender Relations Survey can be accessed at: https://usg01.safelinks.protection.office365.us/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.surveysdrc.com%2FDEOCS&data=05%7C01%7Cann.c.gonzalez.civ%40army.mil%7C2a2a7fe07b3b4039750508dbae23a740%7Cfae6d70f954b481192b60530d6f84c43%7C0%7C0%7C638295240452923014%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=8soomPcieXGP85qc1pXFO1mKPXHXs23BpatnY6%2BorsI%3D&reserved=0.

Telework policy

The biggest announcement was presented by Labor Relations Advisor Morgan King. As of Aug. 3, 2023, CECOM implemented a new telework policy. Policy and telework request forms can be found on the G1 SharePoint site.

G1 held several training events following the town hall to educate the workforce; their recordings can be found on the G1 SharePoint site.

King emphasized that it is the supervisor’s responsibility to determine telework eligibility.

Edmonson recommends that employees reach out to their supervisors if they have questions and cannot make the trainings. Supervisors have undergone trainings to thoroughly understand the policy and assist with employee questions and concerns, he said.

Chart of telework update
Courtesy graphic (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

The town hall concluded with a brief awards ceremony to recognize CECOM employees for their length and quality of service. The Kathy Canham Ross award of distinction for the second year in a row was awarded to Becca Nappi, chief of community relations and executive services.

To watch the town hall, visit: https://usg01.safelinks.protection.office365.us/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdod.teams.microsoft.us%2Fl%2Fmeetup-join%2F19%253adod%253ameeting_6206061f8d494797adcf46e1cc54852b%2540thread.v2%2F0%3Fcontext%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%2522fae6d70f-954b-4811-92b6-0530d6f84c43%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%25225367987d-e4d5-4dc5-b5b6-6b7ef39f5fbc%2522%252c%2522IsBroadcastMeeting%2522%253atrue%257d&data=05%7C01%7Candrew.d.monath.civ%40army.mil%7Cc6c5b9f5bda44b4ac75008db9f1bb6d1%7Cfae6d70f954b481192b60530d6f84c43%7C0%7C0%7C638278713769789512%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=5Hb4zqWk1QXZjg5vsILquY22fEMcXNaSrXfzQuZQWrM%3D&reserved=0