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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Alternative Work Schedules

I work for a company that has always valued employee "face time".
They are like a lot of companies who are just starting to open their eyes to the idea of tele-commuting, and are finally realizing that it can be done, without loss of productivity.
It took a long time to convince them that I could work from home a few days a week and still do as much work, as I did in the office. I had the benefit of working there for a few years, and had proven myself very capable in my position, which gave me the confidence to push the issue with management.
Working in a remote office the past two years has also helped the situation (before that, I was at our Headquarters). With technology the way it is today (high-speed internet access from home, and phone forwarding) most people I work with have no idea where I am when they are talking to me, nor do they care.
I support internal employees all over the globe. Therefore, often I get up before my kids and knock off some emails to Europe, before starting my day. Once the kids are up and off to daycare, then I can deal with East Coast business. Our west coast office doesn't really start buzzing until around Noon (I am on the east coast, obviously) so sometimes I can do a little straightening up around the house, or throw a load of laundry in, mid-morning.
Working at home 2-3 days a week has helped my sanity immensely. Daycare is a mere 5 blocks from my house. By not having the hour, round-trip commute, I have that much more time with my kids, or on those rare days, that extra hour to work!

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