Minister for Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Tjahjo Kumolo told reporters on November 22 that in an era in which much work and communication can be conducted online, civil servants can work from home, as long as the work is done according to schedule.
Tjahjo argued that it was possible for some civil servants to work from anywhere. He said he sometimes worked while on the road in his car.
“Work doesn’t always have to be done in the office,” he said.
The minister acknowledged the concern that civil servants might be unproductive if they were not required to work at the office. However, he said it was doable if clear targets were set and punishment meted out to those who failed to reach the targets.
He added that the ministry would give the freedom to each government office regarding the work policy.