Shhhh... I'm Not Working from Home

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A recent Ethicist column in the Times Magazine addresses a reader's question about whether it is necessary to tell one's boss that one is working remotely not from home, but from, say, a beach-front condo in the Caribbean. The Ethicist says no ("Your supervisor has an interest in how, not where, you do the job"), although he does note that only applies assuming your ability to do that job is not affected by your new location (i.e., the Internet connection is fast and reliable, phone service works, power is consistent, etc.).I agree that technically, there's no reason your boss should care where you're telecommuting from so long as you're getting the job done. Obviously, if you're changing time zones and you want to keep "local" business hours, you need to tell someone that. But if you live in New York and plan to work for a month from, say, Boston, that's not much different from anyone's point of view.But of course, that's not the real issue here. The real issue is, if you spend the month of August in a vacation spot, the perception is that you won't really be working--or at least not as hard as you normally would. The only way to confront that perception is to tackle it head on--honestly and productively, so that next year, truly no one cares where you hide out from the dog days of summer.What do you think about disclosure here? E-mail me your comments!