Re: telecommute

Subject: Re: telecommute
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 4 May 2009 12:32:06 -0700

Looks like a lot of great resources online found by Googling on that title:

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4ADBR_enUS293US293&q=Smart+Valley+Telecommuting+Guide

> Chris

On Mon, May 4, 2009 at 12:01 PM, Suzette Leeming
<suzette -dot- leeming -at- gmail -dot- com>wrote:

> Initially, I had telecommuted because I knew the owners of the company and
> they wanted me. I said, "If you allow me to work from home, you've got a
> deal".
>
> In my next job, the company had a high degree of turnover in their
> development staff, and I was often heard to exclaim, "If we have no
> developers, you won't be needed me too much longer." My manager later asked
> if there was anything that would convince me to leave. I told her that if I
> could find a company that would allow me to telecommute, I'd be gone in a
> flash.
>
> I then gave that manager a copy of the Smart Valley Telecommuting Guide,
> which does a very good job of explaining the implementation of
> telecommuting
> policies, measurements, etc. I also did a business plan, showing how I'd be
> more productive because of the lack of commuting (plus the time we take to
> dress up, put makeup on, etc.) and the problems we face with each Canadian
> winter (unable to make it to work, taking my life into my own hands, etc.)
> There was also electricity to be saved, floor space (for a crowded
> department), etc. Plus all the intangible stuff life Life/Work Balance,
> Employee Satisfaction, etc.
>
> So, not only did I tell her the benefits of allowing me to telecommute, I
> also gave her what she needed as a manager to manage a remote employee,
> measurements of success/failure, etc.
>
> Two weeks later, a telecommuting agreement showed up on my desk.
>
> If I still had a copy of the business plan I prepared, I'd send it to you,
> but that was over 10 years ago, and I have no idea if Ikept it.
>
> Suzette Leeming
> Stouffville, Ontairo
> On Mon, May 4, 2009 at 2:15 PM, Latella, Vincent
> <VINCENT -dot- LATELLA -at- saic -dot- com>wrote:
>
> > "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."
> >
> >
> >
> > Just out of curiosity, how did you (or any of the other TECHWR-Lers out
> > there) go about making "a business case for it?"
> >
> > I am toying with the idea of moving to two hours from my current place
> > of work, and before I *really* start looking, I am preparing to discuss
> > it with my manager to see if a partial telecommute schedule is even an
> > option.
> >
> > It's not unprecedented here; one of my colleagues lives four hours away
> > and comes into the office three days per week (staying at his in-laws'
> > near work two nights), and works at home on Monday and Friday.
> >
> > While I can easily put together a case explaining how such an
> > arrangement wouldn't diminish my productivity, I'd probably have a hard
> > time coming up with reasons as to how it would *benefit* the company.
> > Nobody telecommutes 100% here, so everyone has an office or a cubicle.
> > That said, it's not like they'd be saving on space.
> >
> > Anyway, I was just curious as to how you brought it up, and what your
> > justification entailed.
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References:
RE: telecommute: From: Cardimon, Craig
RE: telecommute: From: Latella, Vincent
Re: telecommute: From: Suzette Leeming

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