Thursday, June 30, 2016

Netiquette IQ Blog Of 6/30/2016 - Reasons Your Boss Doesn't Want You To Telecommute


3 reasons your boss doesn't want you to work from home ... and why she's wrong
by Jeanne Sahadi   @CNNMoney June 21, 2016: 11:02 AM ET
A lot of companies have flexible work policies on the books that allow for telecommuting.
But without serious buy-in from higher-ups, no one will feel it's truly okay to work from home, said experts gathered at a recent conference sponsored by FlexJobs.
And it's not just top level management. Your immediate supervisor needs to be on board, too, since she needs to sign off on where you work.
What might be holding some bosses back from embracing remote working?
Here are three of the biggest myths about letting staff work from home:
1. If I can't see you, you're not really working
While slacking off is always a concern for managers, it's no more likely to happen at home than in the office.
"No manager stands over a worker in the office for 8 hours a day to make sure he's working," said Rose Stanley, a senior practice leader for WorldatWork, a human resources association.
And yet the work gets done anyway.
What's more, much of it is done virtually -- even when someone is in the office.
Instead of walking down the hall, you're more likely to email or message colleagues and direct reports.
At multinational corporations, you're already working with team members scattered across the globe.
And if you work at a domestic firm or government office? You're probably dealing with staff in regional offices all the time, noted Mika Cross, a flexible workplace strategist for the U.S. government.
Bottom line: "Whether we're 9 feet, 9 floors or 9 time zones away, we're working virtually. The employees have already left the building," said Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics.
2. People who work at home aren't as productive.
Assuming telecommuters have the right equipment and space to work from home efficiently, productivity loss isn't an issue.
In fact, one of the benefits of telecommuting is the ability to concentrate.
"We really do want to get our jobs done. With the cacophony at the office -- especially in an open office -- you just can't do it," Lister said.
Dell, for instance, has noticed no drop-off in productivity even though a quarter of its workforce already telecommutes at least part-time. In fact, it hopes to double that share by 2020.

What's more, productivity is easier to generate when you're not exhausted and stressed. Getting to skip that long, aggravating commute can save everyone's "three most precious commodities: time, money and sanity," Lister noted.

An employee with a 15-mile commute who works from home half the time can save two to three weeks a year, she said.
And some of that time is likely to be devoted to work. A Gallup report found remote workers log an average of four more hours of work a week than on-site employees.
Then there's the business continuity bonus. Having employees experienced in telecommuting can help preserve the company's productivity when events such as a crippling storm or other disaster would normally hobble operations.
3. If everyone telecommutes, company culture and collaboration will fall off a cliff.
Most employers today probably wouldn't thrive if everyone works off-site all the time.
Nor would many employees. Working from home all the time can be very isolating.
But engagement surveys and analyses by Gallup and Ernst & Young find that workers who have the option to telecommute one to two days a week have higher levels of employee engagement than colleagues who hoof it to the office every day.
=============================================================        For a great satire on email, please see the following:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTgYHHKs0Zwscoop_post=bcaa0440-2548-11e5-c1bd-90b11c3d2b20&__scoop_topic=2455618
================================================================ 
Good Netiquette And A Green Internet To All! 

Special Bulletin - My just released book

"You're Hired. Super Charge our Email Skills in 60 Minutes! (And Get That Job...) 

is now on sales at Amazon.com 

Great Reasons for Purchasing Netiquette IQ
·         Get more email opens.  Improve 100% or more.
·         Receive more responses, interviews, appointments, prospects and sales.
·         Be better understood.
·         Eliminate indecisin.
·         Avoid being spammed 100% or more.
·         Have recipient finish reading your email content. 
·         Save time by reducing questions.
·         Increase your level of clarity.
·         Improve you time management with your email.
·        Have quick access to a wealth of relevant email information.
Enjoy most of what you need for email in a single book.

 =================================

**Important note** - contact our company for very powerful solutions for IP
 management (IPv4 and IPv6, security, firewall and APT solutions:
www.tabularosa.net
==================================================

Another Special Announcement - Tune in to my radio interview,  on Rider University's station, www.1077thebronc.com I discuss my recent book, above on "Your Career Is Calling", hosted by Wanda Ellett.   

In addition to this blog, Netiquette IQ has a website with great assets which are being added to on a regular basis. I have authored the premiere book on Netiquette, “Netiquette IQ - A Comprehensive Guide to Improve, Enhance and Add Power to Your Email". My new book, “You’re Hired! Super Charge Your Email Skills in 60 Minutes. . . And Get That Job!” has just been published and will be followed by a trilogy of books on Netiquette for young people. You can view my profile, reviews of the book and content excerpts at:

 www.amazon.com/author/paulbabicki

In addition to this blog, I maintain a radio show on BlogtalkRadio  and an online newsletter via paper.li.I have established Netiquette discussion groups with Linkedin and  Yahoo I am also a member of the International Business Etiquette and Protocol Group and Minding Manners among others. I regularly consult for the Gerson Lehrman Group, a worldwide network of subject matter experts and I have been contributing to the blogs Everything Email and emailmonday . My work has appeared in numerous publications and I have presented to groups such as The Breakfast Club of NJ and  PSG of Mercer County, NJ.


I am the president of Tabula Rosa Systems, a “best of breed” reseller of products for communications, email, network management software, security products and professional services.  Also, I am the president of Netiquette IQ. We are currently developing an email IQ rating system, Netiquette IQ, which promotes the fundamentals outlined in my book.

Over the past twenty-five years, I have enjoyed a dynamic and successful career and have attained an extensive background in IT and electronic communications by selling and marketing within the information technology marketplace.Anyone who would like to review the book and have it posted on my blog or website, please contact me paul@netiquetteiq.com.
=============================================================