Does telecommuting make it hard to connect with other folks at the bank?
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I feel very connected.
Telecommuting is not an issue since we use this site for collaboration a lot.
It is funny that they did not tell our group that you can no longer work 1-2 days from home until after we completed our associate surveys!
Telecommuting made it easier. I was able to concentrate on work instead of being p-ss-d off about a 90 minute commute each way just to talk to teammates by phone.
I have to go into an office but I don't work with anyone who's in that office so I'm essentially a "remote worker". All of my contacts are in different timezones than I'm in and I feel MORE connected to them than the people I worked with in my previous position who were all in the same vicinity as me. With Skype, there's really no excuse to not stay connected. I know the details of everyone's daily life even if I haven't ever met them in person, because we are that connected.
works very good for me - you need to be a good communicator
I have better relationships with my peers working from home then being in the office. Plus, 99% of my contacts work in other states. Having the ability to work from home at least 2x a week will increase productivity amongst associates. The bank really needs to reevaluate their goal of bringing people back in the office every day. Stop listening to consulting firms, who are encouraging this approach and do the research yourself by listening to your associates. Oh, that's right, no one listens anymore, they just checked the box that an enterprise survey was completed and collect their million dollar + bonus.
it's a blessing. i can get more done and don't have to endure the stupid path transit nj transit crowd.
easier to White board over WebEx than search for space in office.
Absolutely not - good communicators connect with co-workers regardless of whether they are face to face, over the phone, or via teleconference. People who fail to connect because they telework would also fail if they were in the office. Measure people by their performance, not where they sit.
Its awful. No one talks to me and I get left out of all the good projects.
What does it say about the bank's processes, if in order to be productive you need to be face-to-face with your co-workers.
Yeah, they pretty much s---.
But we can change all that by taking courses from GT&O University. If we earn enough "badges", we can get a better job (in management?), away from the unhelpful hoard. #thanksafu^&ingbunch.
Not hard at all. I am and do communicate with all my fellow employees via Skype, telephone, and email daily. I get more completed as I start earlier work and am able to work through lunch as I can eat at desk which saves time having to go out somewhere and wait in line. The biggest time saver is not getting caught up in some unneeded drop by discussion. I find it ironic that the bank boast about being so latest and greatest in technology but is prohibiting its employees to be able to use it in the most productive way. If there are employees abusing working from home, it should be up to their managers to identify it and correct it. Up to and including termination. Once this happens others will think twice before taking advantage.