Youngkin Calls State Employees Back to the Office


Governor Glenn Youngkin took another step in rolling back pandemic-era policies by calling on state employees in the Commonwealth to return to the workplace effective July 5. The policy focused on rebuilding the workplace collaboration that existed prior to the pandemic clearly states, “Effective July 5, 2022, Virginia state employees will return to the physical workplace.”

“After listening to the needs of Virginians, discussing solutions with agency heads across government, and closely monitoring the pandemic, we are excited to welcome our employees in-person this summer. We know that creative, innovative, and effective solutions for all Virginians occur with regular, in-person interaction by our incredible workforce here in the Commonwealth. Embarking on a new path that values innovation and teamwork, we are updating Virginia’s telework policy for the first time in more than a decade. Since day one, my commitment to have a best-in-class government serving all Virginians has been clear, these updates balance the demands of government services with the needs of our public servants,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin.

The expectation is that all statewide employees will be called back to the office but ultimately puts the decision-making power in the state agency’s hands to decide which positions will be eligible to continue working remotely. The more than 55,000 state employees occupying 65 agencies will have the ability to apply for telework agreements beginning today.

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