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Have we forgotten that there are three useful tools
for working out of the office: the telephone, instant
messaging, and net conferencing? These tools would
allow a "telecommuter" to be connected at all times
with other team members. There are ways to get in
touch and get the job done. Let's not forget about
As far as 9-5, 40 hrs, etc., people can spend 30 hours
at the office working and 10 hours talking, reading
e-mail, and taking extended lunches. People who work
at the office can be "slackers" too.
--- Rebecca Stevenson <rstevens -at- atg -dot- com> wrote:
> > You are paid to be available to SMEs, artists,
> writers, editors, etc. who might have to ask you a
> question at 9:00 am or 4:00 pm, and if you're not
> available when *they're* available (IOW, during
> those standard office hours), you are delaying
> *their* work. If you can do your work in 25% less
> time than it takes everyone else, good for you. Use
> the extra time for training (yourself or others) or
> defragging your hard drive or some other useful
> Just to advocate for the devil for a moment - this
> argument wouldn't work at my current company or at
> many other software producers, which have no use for
> "standard office hours" unless you're actually a
> receptionist. People straggle in and out at all
> hours from what I can see. I'm used to a "standard"
> day and will probably stick to it when feasible, but
> I seem to be an exception around here. :-)
> Rebecca Stevenson
> Technical Writer
> Art Technology Group
> Cambridge, MA
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