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Re: Telecommuting ( was: Do as I say, not as I do )
Subject:Re: Telecommuting ( was: Do as I say, not as I do ) From:Anne Robotti <arobotti -at- gmail -dot- com> To:Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> Date:Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:22:23 -0500
On Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 4:04 PM, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:
> The most common reason why companies that allow telecommuting stop doing
> it is telecommuting workers not being where they're supposed to be during
> working hours. A lot of workers don't seem to get that telecommuting is
> not the same as being an independent contractor, and that they don't get to
> make their own hours and are expected to be at their work location during
> working hours even if that location is off-site in their home.
Yup, and those are the ones who screw it up for the rest of us! I've been
a telecommuting employee, and I've been an independent contractor. They're
definitely not the same thing. When I get an employee or consulting
position with a company that allows me to telecommute, I feel a lot of
responsibility to return calls and emails in a timely manner, answer the
phone as if it was ringing in my cubicle, and be in front of my computer
just as I would be if I was in the office. I have had occasion, however, to
wish that other people felt similarly accountable, and I always want to
shake them vigorously by the shoulders.
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