re: Yahoo Flap Misses The Bigger Point
This particular topic has always been an issue since the 1200baud modem was invented. As a young programmer years ago I carried a acoustic coupled keyboard with a roll of print paper home on weekends. After doing IT for 35 years I've learned that this is a 24x7x365 job. One could argue that my typical day starts at 5:00am when I wake up and look at my iPhone for overnight emails... and ends at 10:15pmCT (after the first 1/2 of The Daily Show) when I check my iPhone before going to sleep. For at least 1/2 of the past 35 years I've managed staff and have come to this position. First, we have to treat our IT resources (valuable!) as human beings and adults. No one in my group who wants to work from home on some particular day (or days) will hear "no' from me unless there is a VERY GOOD REASON.... such as a major upgrade or "all hands on deck" item at hand. Second, as I occasionally remind my folks, they actually CHOSE to do this IT stuff as a profession, and their expectations regarding work schedules, 'on call' time, emergency situations and outages should be equally human and adult. Now, for my core position: all the remote tools, concalls, video calls, texts, emails et al DO NOT REPLACE and DO NOT APPROACH the value of 1x1, face to face, and team time. It is fundamental to building an effective team and really knowing your staffGă¬ and work satisfaction, and productivity, and learning, and on and on and on.
Thus sayeth The Paul!