Hundreds of Virginia state employees have resigned in the last two months since Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced a new telework policy.
The new policy pushes employees back into the office in the wake of coronavirus-related workplace closures that prompted work-from-home opportunities
Many state employees chose to resign over losing the flexibility and benefits that working from home affords.
Over 300 state employees have resigned since the policy was announced, WRIC-TV reported.
“State employees who requested to keep teleworking had to go through a three-tiered approval system. For those seeking one day a week, they had to get approval from their supervisor. Those who wanted two days a week had to get approval from their department’s cabinet secretary. For three or more days, the governor’s chief of staff had to sign off on it,” the Washington Times reported. It went into effect on July 5.
The resignations include 183 from the Virginia Department of Transportation, 28 of which specifically cited telework opportunities as their reason to leave.
Critics of Youngkin’s policy claim it is needlessly pushing away good workers.
“Despite our best efforts, Youngkin refused to reconsider his disastrous executive action and pressed forward, regardless of longstanding state policies for telework,” Virginia state Senator Ghazala Hashmi, a Democrat, said in a tweet shortly after the policy was implemented.