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  1. #1
    Jason Langston Guest

    Justification for tele-commuting

    Hey all,
    I'm working the typical 40hour salaried programming and database development
    job with a 60+ minute commute each way.

    My boss, the IS Supervisor, is a really great guy, and had the awesome idea
    that I should tele-commute at least several days a week. I have no problem
    with that!

    Here's the dilemma, he'd like me to write up a proposal of how this would
    work and why it would be beneficial, to present to upper management who
    aren't too keen on the idea yet. Any suggestions on how you've made
    telecommuting work (ie. management measuring whether I'm working or
    sleeping, etc.) and any solid arguments for telecommuting, other than I'd
    love to work from home a couple days per week.

    Thanks for your help,
    JasonL



  2. #2
    RudeGuy Guest

    Re: Justification for tele-commuting


    "Jason Langston" <jason@DONTSPAMMEwirelesszone.com> wrote:
    >Hey all,
    >I'm working the typical 40hour salaried programming and database development
    >job with a 60+ minute commute each way.
    >
    >My boss, the IS Supervisor, is a really great guy, and had the awesome idea
    >that I should tele-commute at least several days a week. I have no problem
    >with that!
    >
    >Here's the dilemma, he'd like me to write up a proposal of how this would
    >work and why it would be beneficial, to present to upper management who
    >aren't too keen on the idea yet. Any suggestions on how you've made
    >telecommuting work (ie. management measuring whether I'm working or
    >sleeping, etc.) and any solid arguments for telecommuting, other than I'd
    >love to work from home a couple days per week.
    >
    >Thanks for your help,
    >JasonL
    >
    >


    Here is the letter:

    Dear Management:

    If you don't let me telecommute,

    consider this giving my two weeks notice.

    Sincerely,

    Jason L.

    ;-)

  3. #3
    Guest

    Re: Justification for tele-commuting


    "Jason Langston" <jason@DONTSPAMMEwirelesszone.com> wrote:
    >Hey all,
    >I'm working the typical 40hour salaried programming and database development
    >job with a 60+ minute commute each way.
    >
    >My boss, the IS Supervisor, is a really great guy, and had the awesome idea
    >that I should tele-commute at least several days a week. I have no problem
    >with that!
    >
    >Here's the dilemma, he'd like me to write up a proposal of how this would
    >work and why it would be beneficial, to present to upper management who
    >aren't too keen on the idea yet. Any suggestions on how you've made
    >telecommuting work (ie. management measuring whether I'm working or
    >sleeping, etc.) and any solid arguments for telecommuting, other than I'd
    >love to work from home a couple days per week.
    >
    >Thanks for your help,
    >JasonL
    >
    >I would make a couple of points:

    The new buzzword is "telework" which focuses attention on the work you will
    be doing rather than the commute time you save. Managers tend to like that.

    Several studies have been done in the past few years that show increased
    productivity from telework if the employee has the right skills and attitude
    such as self-motivation, self discipline, etc. Another perk for management
    is lower costs for office space and other expenses, less absenteeism, fewer
    water cooler/coffee machine conversations taking up work time.

    One important step is to determine who will provide the equipment and services
    you will need to telework. Computer, modem, fax, phone line, access to company
    network, etc. Security could be an issue so check with your network people
    before going to management.

    You can find some studies and other resource/reference material on the web.
    I would recommend searching for "telecommuting" and "telework". A good
    start is http://telecommuting.about.com/small...telecommuting/

    Good luck


  4. #4
    Cindy Winegarden Guest

    Re: Justification for tele-commuting

    Jason,

    As far as whether you're working or not, are you paid by the hour or
    salaried? If salaried, the only real criteria is whether the work is
    getting done, whether you are available when they need you (phone or IM or
    ICQ for questions, in the office when meetings are scheduled).

    Here where I am they are having trouble attracting and retaining good IT
    people. They are somewhat limited in the salaries they are able to offer,
    also. They wisely decided that non-monetary benefits might add to the
    attraction for some people, including telecommuting.

    Examples of benefits: you have a sick child. If not telecommuting, they pay
    you for a sick day, which means that they pay you for not working, or they
    pay you to work, but you are distracted all day worrying whether you should
    have left a sick 12-year-old home alone. If telecommuting, they pay you,
    and work is being done.

    You mention what looks like spending 2 hours per day either not producing
    for them, or not producing for yourself (not resting, not cooking, not
    getting the clothes to the dry-cleaners.) Telecommute and you have 2 more
    hours of life per day. That means you will not be spending as much of your
    "work" hours on the telephone with the children's teachers, or whatever.

    Another benefit - for me the 8+ hours of work falls at the wrong times. I
    was sitting at my desk working when I would rather have been home for
    dinner. When I telecommute, I can have dinner, and sit back down afterwards
    and do more work.

    Time spent at the water cooler: Sometimes you just need to get up and move
    around, thus the water cooler. At work this is actually paid time. At home
    I can stuff the washing machine again. Ok, I subtracted the same 5 minutes,
    but in the whole scope of things I spent the time more wisely.

    I noticed that smokers used to spend a lot of "paid" time collecting each
    other to "go smoke." Again, work time past the "official" 15 minute break
    they spent actually smoking. At home you can smoke and work. I don't
    smoke, but a lot of IT people seem to be smokers, so this is a valid point.

    I have recently been having pain from "Myofascial Pain Syndrome" which is
    basically a stress-related problem. At work I would wiggle and fidget and
    be uncomfortable with the pain that the meds didn't cover. Turns out that
    driving in traffic was a major contributor and my pain has been much less
    since I've been telecommuting. Read that as I am more productive during my
    work hours, and less likely to take a sick day (paid for not working.)

    My brother-in-law often left work a speck early in order to get the kids
    from daycare before daycare closed. Then he went home. This trims minutes
    off the work day. If you telecommuted you could go back and work another
    hour after the kids went to bed.

    Please feel free to use my comments but not my name in your presentation to
    your boss.


    --


    Cindy Winegarden
    Microsoft Certified Professional, Visual FoxPro

    Duke Children's Information Systems
    Duke University Medical Center
    cindyw@duke.edu



    "Jason Langston" <jason@DONTSPAMMEwirelesszone.com> wrote in message
    news:398ac592$1@news.devx.com...
    | Hey all,
    | I'm working the typical 40hour salaried programming and database
    development
    | job with a 60+ minute commute each way.
    |
    | My boss, the IS Supervisor, is a really great guy, and had the awesome
    idea
    | that I should tele-commute at least several days a week. I have no problem
    | with that!
    |
    | Here's the dilemma, he'd like me to write up a proposal of how this would
    | work and why it would be beneficial, to present to upper management who
    | aren't too keen on the idea yet. Any suggestions on how you've made
    | telecommuting work (ie. management measuring whether I'm working or
    | sleeping, etc.) and any solid arguments for telecommuting, other than I'd
    | love to work from home a couple days per week.
    |
    | Thanks for your help,
    | JasonL
    |
    |



  5. #5
    Julie Guest

    Re: Justification for tele-commuting


    Hi Jason.

    I have been telecommuting full-time for four months. I actually was given
    permission by my employer to move to a different state 600 miles away and
    return to the office for a week each quarter.
    It has been very successful so far.

    I wrote a detailed proposal that documented how the arrangement would work.
    I was very conservative and took on more costs than I asked them to. They
    actually agreed to pay for more than I asked. If you have children, be sure
    to let them know that you will not be caring for them during work hours,
    except on an occasional sick day. This is not a replacement for daycare!

    Once the proposal was finished, I went over it with my manager, made a few
    changes, and submitted it to him again. I took it as my responsiblity to
    work with Personnel on forms to fill out, etc.

    I have three phone lines in my home - one personal, two for work. I have
    a tool that forwards my office phone to one of my business lines in my home,
    so people reach me automatically. I work for such a large company that people
    outside of my team do not even know I am telecommuting. When they call my
    office number, they get routed right to me.

    I also use NetMeeting to work with teammates, so we can still help each other
    debug code or look at functionality.

    I have a separate office in my basement that is set up just like an office
    at work would be. I have a fax machine, and a headset phone for long meetings.


    I have my PC set up to work as remotely as possible, and connect to the company
    network several times a day as needed. This keeps costs down, and is faster
    and more reliable for me.

    A couple of months after I started this, I wrote a report of how it was all
    working for my manager. I have returned to the office once since then.
    I made it a point of spending a lot of face-to-face time with my team to
    keep the relationships in tact. My team says they do not see a difference
    in my work performance. It truly can work, with the right individual.

    My advice is to write up a proposal and ask for a trial period of a couple
    of months. At the end of that time, write another report on how it is going.
    Have a meeting with your manager to see if you can extend it permanently.
    Remember it is your responsibility to make it work. You have a lot to gain
    by doing so.

    Good luck.

  6. #6
    mrfelis Guest

    Re: Justification for tele-commuting

    In addition, you have the option to work at your most productive time frame.
    This best time for a person to work varies from individual to individual.
    Several of the people in the office work eraly hours and tend to show up
    around 5:30 am - 6 am. Two guys actually have put in a hour or so before
    arriving at 5:30 am. I personally, like working in the evenings and am most
    productive if I sleep in till 10 am, and work past 11 pm.

    Telecommunting allows working at the most productive hours for the
    individual.

    --
    ~~~
    C'Ya,
    mrfelis
    mrfelis@yahoo.NOSPAM.com
    just remove the spam
    Jason Langston <jason@DONTSPAMMEwirelesszone.com> wrote in message
    news:398ac592$1@news.devx.com...
    > Hey all,
    > I'm working the typical 40hour salaried programming and database

    development
    > job with a 60+ minute commute each way.
    >
    > My boss, the IS Supervisor, is a really great guy, and had the awesome

    idea
    > that I should tele-commute at least several days a week. I have no problem
    > with that!
    >
    > Here's the dilemma, he'd like me to write up a proposal of how this would
    > work and why it would be beneficial, to present to upper management who
    > aren't too keen on the idea yet. Any suggestions on how you've made
    > telecommuting work (ie. management measuring whether I'm working or
    > sleeping, etc.) and any solid arguments for telecommuting, other than I'd
    > love to work from home a couple days per week.
    >
    > Thanks for your help,
    > JasonL
    >
    >






  7. #7
    Jason Langston Guest

    Re: Justification for tele-commuting

    Thanks Julie,
    That was the first hand type of experience I was looking for. I will
    definitely use the proposal, trial period, followup report/meeting.
    Julie <gduryea@juno.com> wrote in message news:398ea23e$1@news.devx.com...
    >
    > Hi Jason.
    >
    > I have been telecommuting full-time for four months. I actually was given
    > permission by my employer to move to a different state 600 miles away and
    > return to the office for a week each quarter.
    > It has been very successful so far.
    ><snip>
    > My advice is to write up a proposal and ask for a trial period of a couple
    > of months. At the end of that time, write another report on how it is

    going.
    > Have a meeting with your manager to see if you can extend it permanently.
    > Remember it is your responsibility to make it work. You have a lot to

    gain
    > by doing so.
    >
    > Good luck.




  8. #8
    Jason Langston Guest

    Re: Justification for tele-commuting

    Thanks for the comments. I'll definitely incorporate them in with the
    on-line studies I have found on the subject.




  9. #9
    Jason Langston Guest

    Re: Justification for tele-commuting

    Thanks for the link and the buzzword. Sales is all about the words and
    phrases you choose.

    <cjohnson@pcsb.k12.fl.us> wrote
    > >I would make a couple of points:

    > The new buzzword is "telework" which focuses attention on the work you

    will
    > be doing rather than the commute time you save. Managers tend to like

    that.
    >
    ><snip>
    >
    > You can find some studies and other resource/reference material on the

    web.
    > I would recommend searching for "telecommuting" and "telework". A good
    > start is http://telecommuting.about.com/small...telecommuting/
    >
    > Good luck
    >




  10. #10
    Oren Guest

    Re: Justification for tele-commuting

    > Dear Management:
    > If you don't let me telecommute,
    > consider this giving my two weeks notice.
    >
    > Sincerely,
    > Jason L.



    Dear Jason L.,
    We have happily granted your request for two weeks notice. If you need
    anything in the future please hesitate to ask.

    Sincerely,
    Management



  11. #11
    Sspr Guest

    Re: Justification for tele-commuting


    I have a copy of a DevX Career update that had an article about tele-commuting:
    http://careerlink.devx.com/articles/je062600.asp

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