How federal agencies can reopen after the pandemic in an inclusive and equitable way 

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How federal agencies can reopen after the pandemic in an inclusive and equitable way 

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, only 3% of federal employees worked remotely. However, 59% worked remotely at the peak of the pandemic—an unprecedented shift.  As COVID-19 cases continue to drop and vaccines become increasingly available, federal agencies must develop plans to reopen in an inclusive and equitable way. Even as offices reopen after the pandemic, the Office of Personnel Management has said that it expects hybrid work environments and remote work to stay. 

An equitable and inclusive reopening strategy ensures that all workers can succeed in this new type of workplace.  A culture of belonging must be established for all employees and barriers to success must be dismantled. For example, an equitable and inclusive workplace supports employee mental health and provides accommodations for those who may not be able to work onsite due to child and family care responsibilities. 

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