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 Over 300 Virginia state employees resign in wake of Gov. Youngkin’s telework policy

by: Dean Mirshahi   

Posted: Jul 8, 2022 / 04:02 PM EDT   

Updated: Jul 8, 2022 / 05:25 PM EDT   

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — More than 300 employees from five state agencies have resigned since Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced Virginia’s new telework policy in early May, according to records obtained by 8News.

This includes 183 Virginia Department of Transportation employees, 28 of whom cited “telework options” as the reason for leaving. Two VDOT workers who listed telework as the reason did move to another state agency, records obtained by 8News after filing a Freedom of Information Act request show.

On May 5, Youngkin updated the state’s telework policy for all state employees to begin working in-person full-time by July 5, a change the governor’s office stressed would provide “options for and supports the use of telework where appropriate.” Youngkin said it would help “balance the demands of government services with the needs of our public servants.”

Other state agencies and divisions, including the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), provided employment resignations since Youngkin’s announcement in May after 8News filed public record requests.

According to those records, VDH had 78 resignations and VEC had 37 resignations from May 5 to June 27. Virginia’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) had seven resignations from May 5 to July 6 and Virginia’s Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) had six resignations from May 4 to July 7.

“Unfortunately we’re not surprised by this information,” Dylan Bishop, a lobbyist for the Virginia Governmental Employees Association (VGEA), told 8News Friday. “We had anticipated that the shift in policy would result in an exodus of workers, which is really concerning because of the state’s recruitment and retention issues.”

Most of the departments did not provide reasons for the resignations, but VDH shared that 29 former workers cited “Better Job,” three said “Dissatisfied,” six cited “Home Responsibilities,” two listed “Illness,” seven said they were leaving the area, three cited “School” and 27 listed “Other” as the reason.

“The governor is excited to welcome the Commonwealth’s workforce back in person and is encouraged by their continued dedication to serving Virginians,” Rob Damschen, Youngkin’s deputy communications director said in a statement. “We know an office-centric environment fosters collaboration and teamwork and provides an even greater level of service for all Virginians.”

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Oh well.  Those are cushy government jobs so no doubt they'll find replacements soon enough.

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These idiots thought they were entitled, somehow, to "work" from home. You can bet there hasn't been a whole lot of work going on for the past couple of years, so they won't be missed.
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Good! The more resignations the better!
Elon has the right idea. If they are too lazy to show up to work, then they are too lazy to have a job.
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A good start....

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Looks like others have already beat me to it:
Sounds like a good thing to me...!

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Good! The more resignations the better!
Elon has the right idea. If they are too lazy to show up to work, then they are too lazy to have a job.

Truth. My daughter has had to cover for people always calling in sick and she's fed up.  The last little darling called off from work on the 4th of July with a supposed serious spine and neck injury.  He was told before he came back to work, he needed a doctors excuse.  His response was he couldn't afford to go to the doctor. ....hmmm how do you know you have a 'serious' neck and spine injury without a diagnosis or some xrays?? If it was that serious, I'd think he would have go to the ER.

How do people expect to keep a job if they are constantly calling off work for one reason or another??
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A good start....
Might help balance the budget...
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Having returned to full-time on-site working in late spring 2020 (as soon as Santa Clara County and my employer permitted it), good freaking riddance.
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Getting rid of 300 who choose the laziness of a post pandemic work ethic vs. coming back to work?

Wow, State HR is getting off easy slicing the dead wood.  Sometimes these decisons are hard.
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These idiots thought they were entitled, somehow, to "work" from home. You can bet there hasn't been a whole lot of work going on for the past couple of years, so they won't be missed.

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And THERE it is. Chances are most of them were appointed to their jobs.
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300 ?

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No one is asking the most important question about the three hundred, has anyone, anyone at all noticed they are gone?

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Oh well.  Those are cushy government jobs so no doubt they'll find replacements soon enough.

A lot of these people are double-dipping.  They are working two full-time jobs remotely at the same time.
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No one is asking the most important question about the three hundred, has anyone, anyone at all noticed they are gone?

This has been my main impetus for shutting down the government.
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No one is asking the most important question about the three hundred, has anyone, anyone at all noticed they are gone?

They weren't "there" to miss... The root of the problem...

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They weren't "there" to miss... The root of the problem...
True, but I was talking about any actual return of any kind to their pay, not just their presence.

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True, but I was talking about any actual return of any kind to their pay, not just their presence.

I know... The only reduction in "work" was likely for those who managed these people... They have less to do now...

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No one is asking the most important question about the three hundred, has anyone, anyone at all noticed they are gone?

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You mean besides the people in accounting?
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