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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Can I get in trouble for smoking at 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 ...
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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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Canceling my two week notice to go to a remote job

I gave my 2 week notice at my current employer who has been very good to me over the past several years. The work has gotten a little bit stale and boring but overall I like seeing people and going ...
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Regretting two week notice [closed]

I recently put in my two week notice at a company I've worked at for the better part of nine years as a digital marketer. The company has treated me well and provided learning opportunities. The work ...
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Coronavirus home-office suggestion to managers

Given the recent statistics and information regarding CoVID-19, I find myself worried I might be exposed due to working in a big place with over 500 workers in the office with many of them traveling ...
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How to applaud in a teleconference?

Suppose a work culture/environment where, in an in-person meeting, if a presenter does a good job, other attendees express appreciation with applause/clapping. Suppose now that the same meeting ...
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How to negotiate for a benefit that has become important to me only now?

There are various questions about how to ask to work from home. I think this is not a duplicate because first, in the other questions, the very idea of working from home is either something novel in ...
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Asking to work from home and a pay raise

My apartment lease is up in a few months and I have been looking for a job in another state to be closer to family. I don't hate my current job but I feel I am underpaid for a software engineer with ...
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Couldn't attend holiday party. Should I ask to get the gift offered to remote employees?

My company hosted a nice holiday party that I would have liked to, but was unable to attend due to conflicts. I RSVP'd that I would not attend. The party has already taken place. From others ...
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How to avoid feeling alone when working from home? [duplicate]

So, I've been working on this company as a software developer for almost 2 years now and lately, we've been changed to a home office regime, which was great at first but now I'm starting to miss ...
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Is it okay to negotiate salary and remote work at the same time?

When negotiating for a new job, is it advisable to negotiate one thing at a time, or is it okay to try multiple things at once? For example, if one requests higher salary than what was offered, in ...
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Telecommute - How to complain about selective telecommute privileges

I work in a company in USA where some teams or individuals are fully remote. Our company is trying to get people to work in an office whenever possible, even in situations where it would not make ...
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How to negotiate a switch from full-time permanent to contract work

My company does not allow full-time, permanent employees to work from home. I want to work from home for the reason that my office environment is very loud and distracting. They have policies of ...
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Moving in a few months and not sure what to tell my current employer [closed]

I've lived away from my family for almost 10 years now and I want to move close to them when my current lease ends in a few months. Right now I am working as a software engineer and I think my salary ...
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How to deal with a remote teammate who's not doing their job?

I currently work as a virtual assistant (VA) for a company abroad. There are three of us on the VA Team, and we are all accountable for one set of deliverables per day. Another thing that might be ...
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I'm working remote and company may want to change that

I joined this company around 1.5 months ago on a contract basis. They are mainly based in the USA but there are 2 other employees in the UK including me. We have been working remotely and just ...
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What to write in email to boss asking for counter-offer? [closed]

I need help how to format an email to contact my boss. My current situation is I have been offered a job from another company but I will need to relocate(which I don't mind). The only thing that will ...
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Presenting good work in a better way [closed]

I work at a really great company were my boss and even my boss's boss really care for me. Because i'm mentally ill, they do stuff like cover for me in talks to the company owner. I pay them back by ...
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Asked to work abroad for some days, but was not allowed, although another coworker is. How can I follow up with this?

I live and work in the UK and my company allows me to work from within UK without me notifying them about this. I asked my manager 2 months ago whether I could work from another country for a period ...
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What to do when remote teammates don't respond?

I am in USA. I work for a software company which has many offices in USA & the rest of the world. Our company has very flexible work policies in general. Very few teams work from office, and ...
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Bringing gifts when visiting office HQ

I'm a remote (foreign) employee who works for a US company. I frequently visit the HQ, and while I've never really given gifts in the past, I really want to catch up on birthdays/wedding gifts/etc, ...
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HR start date changed multiple times

I started a new work from home position and the start date was supposed to be July 31, 2019 (my HR paperwork shows this date). The company sends you their own PC to use and my equipment is late. Is my ...
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what to do if the boss tries to impose working from home in late nights [closed]

I work in an IT company, software developer. There is a term in my contract which roughly translates to "Mr XYZ will also be required to work any additional hours as necessary or appropriate from ...
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Negotiating working from home in awkward circumstances

For a long time (I don't remember when it started), I have been consistently working from home at least one day a week. I work as a software developer and being physically off-site has never been a ...
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How do you build relationships with a colocated team as the only remote person? [duplicate]

My department recently reorged and restructured a few teams. I'm in City A's office and am joining a team all located in City B. This team is a former start-up that my (very) large company purchased,...
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How do I deal with a Manager who appears to be victimising me for working from home?

I have recently been granted 1 day a week working from home as a reasonable adjustment under the Equality act, as I suffer from Mental Health Issues in addition to ad hoc days which are already ...
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How to find out if work location is flexible at potential company?

I'm starting the interview process with a company & position that I'm very interested in. However, for personal reasons it's extremely important to me that I should be able to work remotely ...
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Work from home just for parents and carers - possibility of change?

There is this job ad that I'm interested in: https://stackoverflow.com/jobs/268900/senior-frontend-engineer-tessian and it says 1 WFH day/wk for parents & carers g'teed. This is sort of a deal ...
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Why are there not more white collar workplaces hiring fully remote workers? [closed]

A remote workforce allows employers to eliminate the costs associated with renting office space and the utilities contained within. Reduced expenses = increased profits for the company. So, what is ...
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How to ask my manager if I can do home office more often

I work in a company that allows to work from home 20% of the time. Currently I do it once a month (on average), because my manager prefers when everyone is in the office (it's easier to communicate ...
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Convincing my supervisor to do academic work from home

I am currently doing my master's thesis in cooperation with a company. I set myself a deadline to submit the thesis for review by my supervisor at the university at the end of June. Besides the fact ...
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Planning to move next year, wanting to stay with the current company

My partner wants to move back home (across the country) to be near her family, so I told her we could do so in the next year. I am currently a Lead engineer at a good company with a great salary, ...
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How can I politely but firmly reject my manager's request for me to convert from work at home to in office?

I have worked in the same team for 5+ years and at the same company for almost 6 years. We experienced many changes in management and direction. The vast majority of people who used to be on my team ...
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Can a U.K. worker work remotely in France for one month for a U.K. company?

I’m a U.K. resident working for a U.K. company. The company is based in Manchester but I work remotely in the south. I have a love for French culture and have lots of French friends (through ...

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