Not permitted to be productive at home

Subject: Not permitted to be productive at home
From: "Karen E. Black" <kblack_text -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 18 May 2004 10:42:46 -0400

For a couple of reasons (not least of which is my need to be within a few feet of a washroom, but that's probably Too Much Information), I e-mailed work this morning to say I would be working at home and people could send me stuff to work on. Since my new boss is at a conference, along with most of my teammates, I paged him to let him know. His response was to take a sick day instead: "[We] have been fairly strict with the group when it comes to working from home... [it must be] pre approved..."

This WAS announced as policy late last year, but it was to prevent people from slacking off. Management doesn't recognise that the environment itself (open cubicles backing on common walkways, phone and other conversations, ad hoc meetings behind one's chair, co-workers pulling up to have a chat, and so on) can reduce productivity considerably, but we have all adjusted fairly well.

Now, nothing is stopping me from working a regular shift and being productive here at home, and I can always find something to work on wherever I am, but department policy is actually preventing me from logging hours to a project or regular task because of my location. So now I have to deplete my bank of sick days.

Does anyone else have a company policy that's AGAINST infrequent telecommuting?

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