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Stop letting your employees work from home

The big debate right now seems to be around whether employees should he allowed to work from home. We see stories about how Marissa Mayer pulled all the Yahoos back to the salt mines in a move that Sir Richard Branson described as “a backward step.”

Next, Best Buy followed suit with a ridiculous “all hands on deck” move that brought the company’s workforce back into a 1950s butts-in-seats 8-to-5 environment.

These controversial moves have been met with both support and criticism from various sources. Well, mostly criticism. Bigger still is the national conversation being sparked around the idea of telecommuting, like this story below on the front page of USA Today titled “The work-from home tug of war.”

USA Today

The big, burning question on everyone’s mind seems to be: should employees be allowed to work from home?

Our take? The answer is NO!

Employees should be able to decide how, when, and where the work gets done. Period.

Turning the conversation into a simple “work from the office vs. work from home” argument is totally missing the point. Telecommuting gives employees a small taste of freedom (while making bosses nervous) but it is still a system in which you’re managing people, not work.

In order to truly drive results and focus on what’s really important, you need to manage the work, not the people.

Telecommuting still has all the basic stone-age baggage of a traditional work environment. People are still expected to work “business hours.” They still need to “check in” to show activity. They are still bound to a schedule that might define which days they get to work from home. It’s sometimes offered to a select few but not everyone. In short, telework is still a way of managing people.

ROWE is not telework. ROWE is not “working from home.” ROWE is not a flexible work arrangement.

ROWE is a cultural shift that takes the focus off of managing people and places it onto managing the work. After all, the work is what matters, right?

We need to change the national conversation. We need to stop focusing on this short-sighted question of “should employees be allowed to work from home?” and focus it on what matters: the work itself.

[Quelle/Source (Link): Cali and Jodi Blog]