Re: Break Into Telecommuting

Subject: Re: Break Into Telecommuting
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 09:44:12 -0800

Mike Stockman wrote:

> My advice for would-be telecommuters is to ignore, and avoid contact with
> if possible, recruiters and HR people. (Heck, that's my advice even if
> telecommuting *isn't* involved.) They'll tell you that telecommuting is
> the kiss of death, that you're lucky they're giving you a desk at all,
> and that one guy telecommuted once and ended up destroying a small city,
> but they don't actually know what they're talking about. Odds are that
> they've never even discussed it with the one person who matters: your
> would-be boss.

Don't forget the people you work with. In many ways, they are even
more important than your boss.

But you do bring up a point: there's a certain class of executive
who simply doesn't like telecommuting. Sometimes, they have a vague
idea that telecommuters are actually freeloading. But I think the
dislike is similar to the attitude of the World War I generals who
would order an attack simply so that the front lines would be
straight on the map. In other words, telcommuting can be messy.
Often, you need groupware and conference calls to make it work, and
a certain type of conventional mind just can't deal with the
semi-controlled chaos.

>From other posts on this subject, it sounds as though telecommuting
is still popular in Silicon Valley. However, my impression (which
could be wrong) is that this is an exception.

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