Hundreds of Virginia state employees resigned after Governor Glenn Youngkin issued a statement ending the COVID-19 telework policies, asking state employees to return to their desks or apply for telework using the pre-pandemic guidelines.
As a result, hundreds of state employees have fired the government. From WRIC:
Nexstar’s WRIC learned more than 300 state employees resigned since this new telework policy was announced in early May. Employees were given two weeks to submit their telework applications.
WRIC discovered that 28 out of 183 Virginia Department of Transportation workers who left their positions have cited telework options as their reason for leaving. Two VDOT workers who listed telework as the reason did move to another state agency, records obtained by WRIC after filing a Freedom of Information Act request show.
Virginia’s Department of Transportation is already under a hiring crunch, as several key positions remain unfilled in the wake of a nationwide labor shortage.
Of the 21,000 state employees eligible for telework, 46% elected to take the option to work from home, with 1,500 more applications still in review.