City Staff Ideas Challenge
#nycspeaks2022 Share your ideas for bold actions the Mayor should take
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Teleworking can save NYC money
Make telework an option for positions where teleworking works. Working from home can reduce the city budget for office space, office equipment, office supplies, insurance, utilities and many more. Teleworking should be seriously considered as a way for NYC to save money while NYC has such a large amount debt. Mass transit is terrible, it shouldnt take someone the same amount of time to get around NYC on mass transit than it takes to drive to the outskirts Pennsylvania or Connecticut.
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Conversation with Steven
Municipal employees already showed during the height of the pandemic that we can work successfully from home. Mayor Adam's supported this concept when he was seeking our Union votes 🗳 during the Democratic primary.
When we work at home 🏡 we support our local economies. We have to pivot as we are losing talent from all city agencies to the private sector. We can reduce our office footprint and repurpose those buildings to deal with the homeless crisis we have in NYC. We can consolidate field offices and make those offices we use in a neighborhood style office space where you come in only when we have to gather for certain office tasks. We need the outer borough Mayor to remember his promises to Union members and our families that he would support an alternative work schedule 📅. Promises Made in this area have NOT been kept!! We need a Mayor who is going to make the public sector competitive and flexible for those who choose to serve NYC.
Yes Steven, you basically highlighted all of the key reasons to support hybrid. The city of New York payroll will "never" keep up with private sector compensation or short term financial benefits, however there is an opportunity to compete with the private sector through good-great work/ life balance. For some becoming a city employee was a choice of safe retirement, purpose, greater good and intangible benefits. High financial rewards wasn't the main focus but if there is a way to greatly improve work/life balance then we should.
The best way the city leaders can accomplish this and attract more Gen x,y,z & millennium is to improve the work/life balance. Not to mention that living in the city is becoming too expensive for employees, so outer counties like Westchester, Ossining, Long island, Rockland are becoming the affordable option. Which means longer commute and less work/life balance. I don't need campaign promises anymore just results/impact...
Conversation with Tommy Frias
I would much rather get a telework hybrid option than get a raise. Work/life balance is more valuable than money.
I hope everyone is calling their union and letting them know that the telework option should be #1 priority on the bargaining table.
Absolutely Tommy Frias, It has to be an initiative from both ends the city and the union to insure accountability and support.
On January 12th, 2022, The NY State Assembly in Albany introduced bill (A.457) which is called the NYC Telework Expansion bill. This is a step in the right direction. Mayor Adams and City Council needs to get on board and support this teleworking idea. Ask and you may receive, so let’s keep putting the pressure on our unions and our elected representatives at the city and state levels.
Conversation with RITA BRADLEY