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Subject:Re: Commute/Flex work options a Deal breaker? From:"Suzanne Chiles" <suzchiles -at- gmail -dot- com> To:Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net> Date:Mon, 30 Jun 2008 13:03:59 -0700
This article appeared in the New York Times a few months ago. I have talked
to several friends who work for IBM and say that it's working fantastically
for them. Their happiness is up and their productivity is way up.
On Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 12:48 PM, Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net> wrote:
> > From: Keith Hood
> > that would address the managements' concerns
> "managements'"? Is that the possessive of "managements"? I didn't know
> that the plural for "management" was "managements."
> I guess I'm having a sarcastic Monday.
> > Some bosses would resist
> > the idea of remote working because they are concerned that
> > workers would not really do all the hours that are billed.
> In reality, companies should not pay people to work x hours, they should
> people for deliverables, but the hourly scheme helps keep employees from
> being ripped off. An hourly scheme can be based on deliverables. For
> example, if managers used a metric of some sort to determine how long a
> certain job should take and an employee is taking longer than what is
> expected, then there is a performance issue. If an employee works faster
> than expected and produces the same quality of work as the slower employee,
> then the metric should be re-calibrated.
> When work requires creative, analytical, or other skills that are difficult
> to effective calibrate as a metric, then management should become more
> accepting of permitting employee latitude and measure the value of work
> according to the value of the deliverables. If this means that an employee
> wants to work naked from home without a camera and will be more effective
> and economical (saves fuel costs and liability insurance) than employees
> work in an office, then management should accept this plan without the
> requirement of spy equipment.
> Each case of a telecommuting employee should be independently evaluated
> because it is impossible to standardize human nature. Some people perform
> better in an office environment, while others suffer in the same
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