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Trust, then telecommute

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Q My boss won’t let me work from home, even though I could be more productive there and I’m not needed in the office. He says, ‘I don’t want you job-hunting on company time. Here I can keep an eye on you.’ Is that fair?

A Fair or not, that’s the boss’s prerogative. The more important issue is why the boss suspects you might job-hunt. Have you expressed dissatisfaction with your job? Are you a hot property? In the absence of trust, your prospects of advancement are dim. Level with your boss about your career plans. Discuss your goals and gauge to what extent you can achieve them by staying. Once you clear the air and explain your desire to stay put, your boss might relent and let you work from home more often.

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