How many things in life are sweeter than sitting at home and working in your sweatpants? The silence, the focus, the mug of home-brewed hot chocolate at half past three: Telecommuting’s gifts are many, and more workers are seeing it not just as an unexpected privilege but something to be bargained and fought for. What many don’t realize, though, is that working from home just a little too often can transmit a subtle broadcast to the rest of the staff, and you might not like what’s on that channel.
Before you inform the boss that from now on, you’ll be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays “just by picking up the phone,” consider the viewpoint of those who are in the office all day, every day. You may get more done in your own breakfast nook because of the lack of interruptions, but many of those are from people who do need answers from you, and more importantly, need to engage you in the kind of back-and-forth, free-flowing di...(register to read more)