Comments for John Schneyer Continuous Improvement Keynotes, Seminars, Workshops, Consulting Mon, 30 Jun 2008 22:32:00 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Dealing with High Gas Prices in our Businesses by John Mon, 30 Jun 2008 22:32:00 +0000 That’s a tough one and there could be many reasons for your manager’s stance. I don’t want to make any assumptions as I have no information on your situation.

You should try to find out what is behind this comment. Sometimes there are specific work issues that would prevent telecommuting. Understanding them would help overcome them.

Often times the issue is one of trust. Telecommuting changes the relationship between employees and their supervisors. If the supervisor thinks the employees can not be trusted, they will object to not having direct, on site supervision. Sometimes that’s the result of a manager not really being a manager due to lack of training and experience. Some workers get promoted to management because they have good technical skills and making them a manager is the only way to pay them more.

In any event, communication is key.

You might show your manager the benefits to the company of reducing the number of days workers are on site. So long as you are able to show all your work is done as it should, there should be no objection.

Comment on Dealing with High Gas Prices in our Businesses by Anonymous Mon, 30 Jun 2008 18:49:00 +0000 My employer (80K+ employees) allows telecommuting, but the dept mgr does not. “Working-From-Home (WFH) should not be encouraged because of gas prices”. Needless to say, several people are looking to leave this department.