Janina R. Harrison replied to the topic Why Aren’t Feds Teleworking… It’s Not Cause They Can’t in the forum Human Resources 7 years, 6 months ago
I used to telecommute more often but my coworkers told our boss they prefer that I am at the office so they can contact me. This is odd because I miss very few calls when I work from home, am available to them on IM and email. It may be that they aren’t productive working from home and assume that I am not also or maybe my boss is not comfortable with telecommute and only told me that. It is silly because they can monitor my activity. I keep a phone log, save all my IM messages and emails to document my activity. They also double as CYA of course.
My coffee table at home is bigger than my office space, barely room for me much less two people. Tall people have to sit with their legs pulled up or they bump my chair. Because of this I made my job mobile early on, buying equipment needed to set up in other people’s offices or conference rooms. This is another form of telecommute, working from other offices. If I go to a remote area I just work there for the day.
I am more productive telecommuting because my workspace is better suited to the type of work I do, which is paper intensive. I digitize most all documents, but auditors want to see original documents, otherwise I would just shred them once they were scanned.
That aside, I get up in the morning and get dressed. No bunny slippers because that does affect my productivity level. I can start earlier because, no commute! I can listen to music, news, but no movies or anything that requires attention because those can be distracting. The equipment used to be a problem, but now I have a laptop with wireless capability. Used to just have a very long cable to tether to router so I could work outside. I also have dual screen capability now which reduces need for printing materials which was problem when we had high winds. I feel an obligation to keep my nose to the grindstone when I telecommute so that I won’t lose the privilege.
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