Balancing act: Beware of jealousy when employees telecommute

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  • kamster Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 22, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    I wish my position enabled me to be able to telecommute. There are times when it would be very helpful. I admit to being a little jealous of those whose positions allow them that flexibility.

  • TiCon2 Cedar City, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 4:04 p.m.

    I am able to telework once a week, but choose to do so less often. During slow time periods of the year I love being able to work from home more often, especially as those coincide with the winter months and I bike-commute. Others in the office telework as often as possible year-round.

    I seem to get about the same amount of work done at work and at home. With little ones running around vs. co-workers, it's a wash. I do love the time at home with them, though.

    At times, I've felt a bit put-off by their seeming ability to get an extended weekend by working from home on Monday, but as long as their performance doesn't affect my workload i'm not bothered by it. And it hasn't to date!

  • Francis LeGuarde Sandy, UT
    Aug. 20, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    I have never encountered the jealousy issue described in this column, but I have encountered plenty of other problems. Working remotely — especially from home — requires an incredible amount of discipline and focus. When a wife with young kids is at home, I have never encountered an employee who could successfully (and productively) work remotely — even with a dedicated home office. I doubt I could make it work. There are undoubtedly exceptions, but when hiring an employee, I don't think I would ever take that chance.