The benefits of working at home. Company policies will need to be upgraded for the 21st century.
I have been trying for the better part of two years to get approved to operate at home. It was a joyous event! One which I have seldom had the pleasure of experiencing. Each company I have worked for had essentially the identical policy. There is always a risk sending information over the World Wide Interweb. Security breaches happen all of the time. Everyone’s personal information has likely been lifted by someone on the dark net for use for nefarious crimes. But boy did it feel great to walk from the bedroom into my home office about 30 ft away.
The advantage has so many advantages mostly not having to be in the office at 0-Dark-30 to get some type of issue or execution. For me, it is getting up in the wee hours and having to drive everywhere. I will be tired, probably did not get much if any sleeping during the day as a result of the anxiety of having to go in, and it is unsafe. Dialing in removes that and enables a brief walk back to bed; no driving home still being drained or keyed up from being awake all night.
Throughout much of my I.T. career I had been categorized as non-essential personal. It meant I was not required to appear during inclement weather or program difficulties. However, I’d be forced to take leave time for this afternoon, a double-edged sword. It is a backdoor for the company to punish its workers in my opinion. Turns out that I had been essential if I enjoyed it or not.
I had been with a large corporation that had no problem with folks working at home. There wasn’t the type of security breaches there are nowadays so the company did not really concerned about it. Again, it was fine (except having to bulldoze my way from the driveway).
Another example: Company policies can and do apply a rule that if your children are at home because of inclement weather, you were not supposed to work due to the distraction. The same was set if you had an infirmed relative that needed care daily. It is an archaic rule that has to change. There are a number of situations that can not be avoided but do not punish employees by not letting them dial in even if it’s only for a little while. At least leave it to the worker to choose which is most appropriate for their situation.
It is such a simple courtesy: Rewrite the coverage. Weather, a sick relative, or if you’re ill (and possibly infectious ), then work at home. How hard is this for companies to understand? Gains and stakeholders will still be in place when workers can not be in the workplace. Apparently hanging on for their primitive policies must be more significant than their worker’s safety. Rewriting the policy might even breed some dedication or a straightforward thanks from those of us risking our lives to raise the bottom line.