RE: telecommute

Subject: RE: telecommute
From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: "Sarah Stegall" <sstegall -at- bivio -dot- net>
Date: Mon, 4 May 2009 11:27:10 -0400

> Unfortunately no matter how logical and sensible the reasons for
> telecommuting may be, even companies who are innovative and tech-savvy
shy
> away from it. My company makes network appliances; we're wired to the
max
> with high-bandwidth access from anywhere. Yet this very week,
management
> sent out a memo reminding us that telecommuting is the exception, not
the
> rule. This applies to tech writers like me, even though at least half
of
> my work is done better from home, where there are no distractions.
Alas,
> what I call "distractions", management tends to call "networking",
> "meeting time" and "face time". And management also thinks it is
> demoralizing for those who come to work to find empty cubicles
everywhere.
> So the real, actual needs of the workforce (telecommuting), which
would
> probably result in greater productivity, must give way to the
insecurities
> and neuroses of management.

Agreed. I am lucky enough to telecommute one day a week. No one offered
it to me. I saw others doing it and I had to make a business case for
it. Others in my company do it more often, but some of these people say
they struggle for recognition. I think if a company is begun on the
principal of the virtual office, telecommuting will be an everyday
thing. Otherwise, not so much.
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