My employer has declared work from home until the end of the quarter 1, 2021 due to the pandemic. There is a six-member team reporting to me. There is one team member who shows away most of the time. How can I politely tell her that she has to be work at least for eight hours without my talk wrongly perceived as micromanagement.
I see that there are posts and comments questioning what's the problem. The problem is whenever I try to call her, she is away, sometimes at the grocery market and sometimes at the doctor. And she comes online after a while. She magically comes online during our daily call which starts two hours after our login time. Until then she is away, after our daily call she again goes away for a couple of hours.
Another problem is that she is working on a tool selection process since the last two months and there is no end to it. According to her she has finalized a tool, but it is still buggy so she is working with the vendor to eliminate the bugs. Someone mentioned toggle (Appear Away; Be Right Back) and that's not the case. I'm sure about it.
Honest question - is it not unprofessional to bill eight hours a day when you are working only for 4-5 hours on average? Maybe the title of my question is misleading and people here are not getting the gist of it. I think that I tarnished a very genuine question by mentioning IM status.
Honestly, that's how I know that the person is not working for all the billed hours and of course the productivity. Imagine the scenario when offices are open and a colleague or team member is present at workplace for only 4-5 hours and rest of the time he/she is away for shopping, at doctor's clinic, etc. on a daily basis. Will it not raise eyebrows among the stakeholders? The setting is different here - work from home, so please try to understand the question.