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Telecommuting: 3 Myths Busted, 3 Benefits Revealed
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David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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10/15/2015 | 1:48:35 PM
Re: Innovation
@jastroff- i agree that sometimes there is no substitute for being there. But at the ame time most ad hoc innovaiton comes from people syaing "we've got this problem" and someone who happens to be nearby saying, "oh, why don't you do x?"

I think of that as the lunch room innovaiton.

the lunch room innovaiton can be solved by making it more formalized. I think one problem that we have in the enterprise is that we're afraid to talk about out challenges. We think talking about challenges is mentioning failure. 

Wouldn't it make sense for every person and team in an enterprise to maintain a "my biggest pain points" board? Put these pain points in a space where everyone can see them easily. And then when people have a minute, they can look at the board and brainstorm about what they can do. this seems especially good for IT. If IT has a solution to someone's pain point they are truly serving the organization the way they should.

With a formal pain points board you get back some of the random lunch conversation where innovaiton happens.
jastroff
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10/13/2015 | 9:51:39 AM
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@dave -- spot on re: innovation

>> There was one major area where telecommuting was shown to hurt enterprises -- innovation. Innovation relies on information exchange, and information exchange, you will remember, is one of the areas in which you need a really good plan to make telecommuting work. 

In addition to larer systems, there are mobile-based apps like SLACK and others which are hanging around. Sometimes there's no substitute for being there when it comes to brainstorming, but at least with collaboration systems a company can have access to thought leaders and consultants who might otherwise never be on site, except at great expense, and who can help with innovation.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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10/12/2015 | 12:48:58 PM
Re: Mixed Arrangement
@Michelle- i do meet my colleagues once or twice a year. And I see them at conferences and other areas. My experience is that seeing someone once or twice a year does not make me feel more connected. it requires constant communication via email, instant message, phone etc to achieve that. Real life meetings allow me to put a face to a name, but it requires daily or more frequent contact, in my mind, to make a team.

Thankfully, that is easily accomplished with modern technology.
Gigi3
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10/12/2015 | 6:37:53 AM
Re: Mixed Arrangement
"I have an arrangement where I work from home and go to an office about 3 days a week, probably 15-20 hours during the workweek. I think this works with tools like Slack and Asana. "

Daniel, most of the companies has similar type of proprietary collaborative tools, where employees are updating their day to day activities. Such tools are very useful, especially a part of the team is working either at client side or off-shore or in different shifts; where they are not physically meeting or talking each other.
Gigi3
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10/12/2015 | 6:34:10 AM
Re: Mixed Arrangement
"Does your group travel to once or twice a year in-person meetings to make everyone feel like they're connected in real life too? Do you think that kind of meeting event is helpful for distributed telecommuting teams"

Michelle, in software industry it won't happen because most of the time a part of the team is always at client side or on off-shore project mode. So meeting all the members together in a physical location is very difficult or impossible.
Gigi3
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10/12/2015 | 6:13:14 AM
Re: Mixed Arrangement
"This is perhaps the most interesting aspect of the study. Those with flexibility to work from home had higher job satisfaction than before they were telecommuting, but only to a point"

David, this is true with certain set of peoples. I like to do my work at office than at home. But I can see some of my friends are taking work at home, where they can manage their personal and office works in a parallel way. But I never like to take my office works to home; for me home is a place to take rest and make me comfortable with family. 
Michelle
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Michelle,
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10/4/2015 | 4:49:06 PM
Re: Mixed Arrangement
@David, I'm curious about your experiences. Does your group travel to once or twice a year in-person meetings to make everyone feel like they're connected in real life too? Do you think that kind of meeting event is helpful for distributed telecommuting teams?
batye
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batye,
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10/4/2015 | 3:07:17 AM
Re: Mixed Arrangement
@Dave, thank you, a lot of the interesting info... make me think... as problem vs solution ...
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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10/1/2015 | 5:26:23 PM
Re: Mixed Arrangement
@danielcawrey- I don't know if it counts as a story, but I know I feel like every once in a while someone has a solution to a problem that would have made my life easier, except I didn't talk to them about the problem for months because I didn't see them regularly.
danielcawrey
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10/1/2015 | 4:31:23 PM
Mixed Arrangement
I have an arrangement where I work from home and go to an office about 3 days a week, probably 15-20 hours during the workweek. I think this works with tools like Slack and Asana. Yet I do wonder what the negative aspects are of not spending as much time as a team. Does anyone have any stories surrounding that?


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