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You Can Telecommute


You Can Telecommute

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Working from home works best for salary employees versus hourly. It's hard to verify the number of hours someone has worked so you need to trust your employees more if they are hourly.

I'm salary and I do work from home. When I went into the office, I would work my normal 10 hour day and then go home. Now that I work from home, I put in more hours because I don't have the travel to and from the office. That gives the company additional free work. I think I also work harder at home to prove that I'm actually doing something instead of just sitting around twiddling my thumbs.

The company saves a lot of money when the employee works from home. Office space is very expensive and our department showed a cost savings as people left the office permanently and surrendered their desk. If you still go into the office periodically and have a specific desk, you're not saving that money. They have been able to reallocate the space for other departments and they pay the costs.

I save on Gas but my electric bill has gone up.
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can you send me a list of articles the explain that telecommuting is a fair option?

pleeease !


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gdonufrio (7/28/2011)
can you send me a list of articles the explain that telecommuting is a fair option?

pleeease !


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Yes, I'd second that cause as it stands we havent got a chance! 'Bums on seats', I believe was the term. Even though we have prooved via prod releases that work froom home tends to go smoother!

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I am salaried and can work from home however I do not like to as I have young children at home - I'll be honest I would never get anything done! I think I am very much a compartmentaliser though - when home I do home things, at work I like to focus only on work.
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my boss is very severe ... I must have real and official stats or articles to convince him ...
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I was part of a group that was allowed the privilege of working from home two days a week for the last few years, big savings on gas for me plus 2+ hours commute time per day. A few months ago a few employees were discovered abusing the privilege; now no one telecommutes and we are unlikely to get the privilege back. It's all about trust and integrity.

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gdonufrio (7/28/2011)
my boss is very severe ... I must have real and official stats or articles to convince him ...


Won't work if you try to "force" or "coerce" him.


Long story short is that you need to ask him to try it just once to see how it goes (make sure you'r MORE productive those days with proof to backup it up).

This is the best read on the subject. If you have a long commute I recommend buying the audio book version. The guy's just awesome to listen to.

http://www.amazon.com/4-Hour-Workweek-Escape-Live-Anywhere/dp/0786158964/ref=tmm_abk_title_0
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Telecommuting isn't for everyone. While I'd love to have the option, I don't know that I'd be the best at doing it. As call.copse said, I tend to work at work and do at home things while at home. I am currently doing some remote DBA work on the side and I do miss the interaction with co-workers at that position, of course part of that is because I'm working off-hours so it isn't as easy to interact with them via email, IM, phone, since they are done for the day when I'm doing my thing.

As Ninja has shared, you definitely need to prove you are accomplishing as much or more than when you are at the office. It is even more important to track your accomplishments and get a week status report to the boss when telecommuting, especially when first given the option. Oh, and don't get caught on T.V. at the baseball game when you are "working" from home :-P



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lewisc (7/28/2011)
I was part of a group that was allowed the privilege of working from home two days a week for the last few years, big savings on gas for me plus 2+ hours commute time per day. A few months ago a few employees were discovered abusing the privilege; now no one telecommutes and we are unlikely to get the privilege back. It's all about trust and integrity.

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That totally sucks when an irresponsible few ruin a good thing for everyone. This type of thing is why it is important to document what you are accomplishing at home and getting that to your boss on a regular basis.

Telecommuting is definitely something that should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and not just as a blanket policy.



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