Questions tagged [telecommute]

Questions about telecommuting - a work arrangement in which employees do not commute to a central place of work, but often work from home instead.

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Would showing a picture of group team video call, on the company's web profile, be a useful 'culture' image? [closed]

A couple things to get out of the way as caveats: assuming that all employees signed consent, same as when photos are taken in an office. assuming that a fully-distributed company, with no central ...
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How does a salaried worker stop overtime without seeming unproductive in a WFH environment?

Summary: I am salaried employee regularly working 15 extra hours (over 40hr/week of my contract) every week without overtime pay. I work from home (WFH). I want to decrease amount of unpaid overtime ...
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Does work from home in general mean "Stay at home"? [closed]

The tech company in Costa Rica I work in started work from home just a couple of months before the pandemic started and we've been doing that ever since except a few instances where I have had to go ...
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Husband has a job offer, and we might move. How do I ask my manager for remote position?

My husband was offered a new job within his company, which would start in October. It means we are moving a few states away, but only if I can work remotely. It’s not a job that he applied for but ...
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Am I being unreasonable with my company which is trying to change my commuting shortly after hiring me?

I was just hired for my first full-time position since graduating from University. The location is 15 minutes away from my parent’s house, and I just moved back in with them from college to accept/...
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How can I maintain cooperation while declining meetings scheduled past my local bed time?

The project manager has asked me to have an every-other-week, one-on-one check-in with an international colleague in another time zone. The meeting time has been slotted for 9:45PM-11PM my time. My ...
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How to convince father that "home office" is "real work"? [closed]

My father is very uneducated and has worked only physically for all his life. I have studied computer science and I now work in Home Office due to Covid. Behind my back, he talks to all family members ...
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I am becoming very unproductive because of working from home

I am becoming very unproductive because of working from home. It always used to be the opposite when I had an office job before the Covid. I used to request home office often so I can work quietly ...
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Is it possible to work as a remote junior developer?

I've been learning web development for a while and will soon start looking for a job. Unfortunately, opportunities are very scarce where I live, so I'll have to look elsewhere. So, I'm thinking about ...
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Boss frequently wants me to come into work for lunch or other times during covid, even though I am work from home

tl;dr Under covid lockdown, boss continually pressures me to come to work to "hang out" even though I'm a software developer and company policy is that we work from home. I'm starting to get ...
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Can a company close their office location and compel remote work?

My company traditionally has required people in my position to work from an office. Home work was viewed as incompatible with my position. Since COVID hit it, the company have actually been really ...
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Can an employer demand that you turn on your video camera during a conference call when you are working from home? [Ireland] [closed]

This question has already been answered here - Can an employer demand that you turn on your video camera during a conference call when you are working from home? But it was specific for the United ...
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How can I ask/negotiate to work permanently out of state in a way that both conveys urgency and preserves my option to stay if they say no?

Summary: I am a hard-to-replace employee who has been highly productive working remotely and would like to ask to be allowed to relocate to another state permanently (with ~6 visits a year to the ...
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My whole team is leaving because they hate 'work from home.' How do I get them to stay? [closed]

I'm a manager at a consulting firm and 3 out of 5 people have left the team because they are 'fed up' with work from home. They say theres no boundaries between professional and personal work and they ...
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legal for employer to require onsite WFH review? [closed]

There's a rumour at my work (non-profit agency with HIPAA responsibilities) that when covid passes, if people want to work at home, they will be required to submit to an onsite inspection to verify ...
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I accepted a job offer and 3 hours later Talent acquisition changed terms what should I do

I have been working as a contractor for a huge company remotely from home. The manager I worked with asked me if I was interested in fte and apply for a position that just opened up. The job posting ...
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What is the usual expectation of downtime during 8 hours day of a programmer?

I have been wondering this for years. Waiters and other jobs usually have downtimes when you have fewer customers. But programmers have a lot of upcoming tasks in their pocket, so you can't really ...
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Use of office laptop for personal use when working from home [closed]

After the breakout of COVID-19, we have been working from home, since Mar 2019. I use my work laptop from home to carry out my work activities. Most of the time, I work outside my normal working hours ...
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Moving from a regular office to a "flexible office" space, while most people work from home

I run a smallish office of 10 or so software developers. We lease a regular, physical office, but during the COVID period, it has become clear that most people are comfortable working from home, and ...
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How can I use my home work desk on the weekend?

I’ve been working from home for about a year and have a dedicated (repurposed) work desk. I would like to use the desk and my own laptop to work on personal projects. However, I don’t feel able to. It’...
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Dealing with Needy and Self-Centered Coworker

I have been in my current position for about a year and a half now (have been with the organization for closer to 4 years) and my coworker was hired shortly after I got this position for a supporting ...
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Jobs with both Remote tag and city/state name [closed]

My question is what is the meaning when you see a job with both remote and state/city name tag. For example here is a sample job. As you can see it says both Antwerp Metropolitan Area and Remote. ...
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HR seems to have issues with my relocation which might leave me temporarily unemployed

After months of communication issues I recently started a full-time remote job. As I'm moving back to Europe, HR is now telling me I would become unemployed until they can get me a new contract. How ...
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Make it mandatory to turn camera on in video meetings at work?

I am between junior and mid level in my team and new to my company. Everyone works from home all the time and our meetings are on video chat due to the covid pandemic. I often feel that some teammates ...
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What motivates software companies to hire locally?

As a US citizen myself, I've been wondering this for years: What motivates software companies to hire locally? More specifically, what motivates Silicon Valley companies to hire talent locally, ...
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Ask for a company issued laptop or file leave?

My company enforced a work from home scheme where about 90% of the employees are able to work from the comfort of their home, we were approved to bring our workstation home. I was one of the 90% who ...
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How to make a meaningful eye contact with a webcam?

Zoom meetings are a new normal in these interesting times. I have been reading on how to make them better. One tip is when you are speaking, to make sure you look into the camera not at your own ...
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Temporarily working remotely in a different state

Because of Covid the majority of my office has been working remotely since March. They are actually limiting the number of people that can come to the office to 25% of capacity, and you have to get ...
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Has anyone had any success in re-creating the office experience/environment remotely? [closed]

I'm interested to learn more about any software/platforms/tools that people have been using while remote working to try and re-create the office experience eg. using platforms for a virtual ...
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Should I tell my employer about my mental illness for continue working from home?

Its unprecedented times all around the world, and I hope you are taking care of both your mental and physical health, amid this horrible pandemic! So, like all the companies, my company has been ...
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How to build relationships while onboarding remotely with a traditionally non-remote team?

I am starting a new position at a company that is normally co-located in the same office. However, due to Covid-19 the team has moved to a remote set-up and I will be joining the team remotely for a ...
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Buying an expensive keyboard using company's WFH funds

I am a student and recently got selected as an intern in a big tech corporation. The corp announced that the internship would be virtual (work-from-home - WFH) and we along with all the regular ...
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Can I get in trouble for smoking on a video call while working from home?

Everybody in our office is still working at home due to COVID. The other day, I had a Zoom call with several people in the organization. Not thinking about it, I was smoking a cigarette while my ...
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Boss often wants me to screen share (and record) from my personal computer

To make a long story short, I work from home using my personal computer. I was supposed to be supplied with one from the company but it keeps getting delayed (apparently it's coming from HQ which is ...
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"Work from Home" in a different country [closed]

Canadian company. I was wondering the legal aspects of working online in a different country. Assuming you have manager approval, timezone differences accounted for, stable internet connection, etc.. ...
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Is there justification to maintain an alternate work schedule, i.e. 9/80, 4/40 when telecommuting

Our organization, like many others, has been forced into teleworking lately. For the most part it's been successfully implemented, and has been found to be productive. We are discussing ...
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How to be collaborative & helpful yet concentrated on your goal

I like to help people and people show up to me for help many times. But many times in aggressive timelines on projects I am facing hard time to be both helpful & highly productive. I like to ...
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Quarantine allegedly ends in a month, how to ask for permanent 40% remote work accommodations?

I work in a startup as a developer. Quarantine had us all work from home (WFH) full time and it's really working for me. I don't have the 1.5 hours of daily traffic jam anymore and being at home ...
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How do I provide daily report to my boss during remote working?

Our company asked us to work from home due to COVID things. I am an R&D, my work is mostly programming. My boss asked us to provide a daily update, What is the best way to give my boss a daily ...
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Employer not allowing me to telework during COVID-19

I work for a small start-up company with less than 20 employees in the USA. I am a foreign national on a work visa and I joined the company a few months back. My work involves programming and data ...
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What's the polite and friendly way to ask your lead for a call?

I am a university student and remotely work for a community, and always communicate with my lead (who is a working lady, and usually busy with her work) on WhatsApp and messenger. Before organizing ...
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How can we effectively organise Q&A in a teleconference?

Due to COVID-19, the plenary meeting of our ICT department (30 people) will be on Skype. How do we effectively organise the question and answer part? What is the best online equivalent of raising ...
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covid-19 UK remote working issue [duplicate]

I am currently working for a company located in UK. As the country has declared a lock down most companies have moved to remote working. However, I am a software developer in my company and it is ...
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How to maintain engagement with a (newly) remote workforce?

I work on a project of ~50 people, split across 4 sites. To maintain employee engagement, we have various long-running employee engagement activities, including: Team morning teas/coffees After work ...
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How can we increase spontaneous conversations when working from home and using instant messaging?

Given the current state of working from home for many companies, instant messaging is the go-to communication method. After a few weeks of using instant messaging, however, I noticed the distinct lack ...
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When working remote due to COVID-19, should we communicate in writing or using video?

Like many companies, we find ourselves suddenly working fully remotely. I have found some of the guidance we've received seems to differ from articles I've read from people in my profession (software ...
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Instant Messaging: How to Politely Re-ask an Ignored Question

With the current state of the workplace, many companies now run things from a 'work from home' perspective. My current workplace is similar, with everyone working from home, so there is no way to ask ...
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How can we handle work-from-home requests from trainees/freshers in this coronavirus pandemic? [closed]

Background: All the proper preventive measurements are being taken in the building All senior members are reporting to the office, and talk is going on to allow work from home (WFH) for all So ...
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How do you continue to engage and recruit new employees during the pandemic?

Our company believes that the pandemic will create new opportunities within certain industries and the workforce will re-organize in order to meet the new demand. We want to continue recruiting, so it ...
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How do Smart Businesses Transform to "Work From Home" [closed]

Heres a smart businesses approach on transforming its customer success team to working remotely. What are your thoughts on it? Are these enough steps taken. Do you think it can be as productive. Share ...

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