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Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2012 9:14 PM


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Posted Thursday, October 11, 2012 6:36 AM
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Personally I find it much more productive to telecommute than to work from an office. The only downside is that you get busy and move around a lot less frequent than you do in an office.
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Posted Thursday, October 11, 2012 7:58 AM


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I guess this infographic (sales pitch actually) makes a few points, but I doubt most of the actual numbers cited.

- The average employee checks their email 36 in an hour?
But that's averages out to more than once every 2 minutes. Personally, I check mine about once every 10 minutes, and that assumes I'm not totally focussed on something. It could be once every 1/2 hour or hour.

- 16 minutes spent refocusing after handling incoming email?
If someone checks their email once every 2 minutes (see above), then this estimate of time to recover is pointless.

- 39% slept during a meeting?
Really? I'm surprised the employment rate for IT professionals to so high, because some managers would consider firing someone who slept through staff meetings.

- 91% daydreamed during meetings and 96% missed meetings.
OK, fair enough. Been there done that.

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Posted Thursday, October 11, 2012 8:38 AM


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kevin.stevens (10/11/2012)
Personally I find it much more productive to telecommute than to work from an office. The only downside is that you get busy and move around a lot less frequent than you do in an office.


Me too, and I wish that were an option for more people.

I do understand that some people don't work well alone, and offices can work, but they need to be built to work well.







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Personally I find it much more productive to telecommute than to work from an office. The only downside is that you get busy and move around a lot less frequent than you do in an office.


Me too, and I wish that were an option for more people.

I do understand that some people don't work well alone, and offices can work, but they need to be built to work well.

The company I work for has has several aquisitions over the past few years, and we're in the process of closing regional IT offices and consolidating staff in Atlanta or in some cases allowing out of state staff to telecommute full time. Even those of us who have an office can at least telecommute a couple days a week. When at the office, I tend to get up and stretch my leggs about every 1/2 hour. When at home, I'll even do a few push-ups or talk to myself out loud while working through a problem, which is something I can't (or just won't) do at the office. Even on those days when working at the office, it's nice to have the things a little more quiet, there are a few less interruptions, and it's easier to find a parking spot. That will become even more important as more staff relocate here.
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Posted Thursday, October 11, 2012 9:26 AM


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Seems to me a classic case of mistakenly measuring productivity in terms of hours of work. I prefer to measure against results.

There are people in my department who spend hours seemingly slacking, but produce far more results from their "half day" than some others who're keeping their noses to the grindstone from the time they arrive to the time they leave. I know which I prefer to have working with or for me.


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Posted Thursday, October 11, 2012 9:37 AM
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Seems to me a classic case of mistakenly measuring productivity in terms of hours of work. I prefer to measure against results.

There are people in my department who spend hours seemingly slacking, but produce far more results from their "half day" than some others who're keeping their noses to the grindstone from the time they arrive to the time they leave. I know which I prefer to have working with or for me.


Totally agree with that.

What really annoys me when it comes to wasted time though, is meetings that are delayed at short notice. You know the kind of thing. You don't want to start a new task as you have a meeting in 10 minutes, they five minutes after it's due to start you're told it'll be in half an hour. Rude, really annoying, and a terrible waste of time.
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Posted Thursday, October 11, 2012 9:51 AM


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Seems to me a classic case of mistakenly measuring productivity in terms of hours of work. I prefer to measure against results.



Completely agree, but improving work done and the amount of if ought to be goal of managers. Sticking people in unnecessary meetings and sending too many emails don't help here.







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Posted Thursday, October 11, 2012 10:02 AM
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Why are programmers non-productive?
Because their time is wasted in meetings.

Why are programmers rebellious?
Because the management interferes too much.


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Posted Thursday, October 11, 2012 11:28 AM
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I've thought about this topic for years because unlike other disciplines, software development requires a person to do what I like to call going into the mine. It takes a while to get all the way in and it takes a while to extract yourself. Personally, I like the idea of office hours the way professors do it.
There should be a set time of day in which meetings are held. There should be no more than one meeting per day in which developers are involved. Meetings must be scheduled at least one day in advance of having them. It is important for any professional person of any discipline to be able to plan their day at the beginning of the day and prioritize what they are going to focus on and for how long.
Rapid fire meetings and requests are the consequence of organizational reaction rather than response; it demonstrates lack of control.
Lack of control is always counterproductive.
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