Denise Petet replied to the topic Federal Manager Asks: How Do I Trust My Teleworking Employees? in the forum Human Resources 7 years, 9 months ago
I agree. It seems easy. Give people goals and a timeline. They hit those goals and get their work done then what’s the issue?
There seems to be this ‘must put in 40 hours’, which I do get in a way, but another way to judge performance and compensation is goal based and goal centered accountability. If someone can telework and get the same amount of work done in 35 hours vs 40 in the office….they’re still getting their job done.
It really shouldn’t take too long to sort out those working vs those goofing off. A worker goofs off and doesn’t hit his/her goals, they lose the privilege of telework and have to come into the office.
Some of it may lie at the foot of the mangers. It’s easier to manage when people are visible and accountable in your presence and ‘there’ so you don’t even have to leave your office to know they’re ‘working’ (or at least looking like they’re working). But harder for a manger to set individual goals and trust that person to get htem done, and then have to deal with it if they don’t.
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