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  • In other words, ask those that know
    TomH
    Good job reporting the results, Julia. You did a nice job of presenting the results from an awkward survey. Sounds like it boils down to the more and more common situation these days where those that don't know what they're talking about are the most vehemently negative. And those that know, in this case from actual experience, are the most positive. Dunno why that kind of polarization is so prevalent these days. But I do know that the monster under the telework bed really isn't there. The more people learn about this new way of working the fewer knee-jerk opponents there will be.
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  • The actual actual experience
    NearlyRetiredFed
    Negative results from telework impact the people that ARE IN the office - that is, in fact, the voice of actual experience that is saying that group dynamics and ability to get the job done are negatively impacting the bulk of the workers. Of course you don't notice it if you're at home...it's the folks that are in the office that end up having to accomodate the off-site work force...no ad-hoc meetings that don't include conference lines, web-ex sessions etc. - to make sure the people off-site are included (or they would be even more blithly unaware of their lack of engagement). I telework one day a week, but I'm not blind to the impact on the rest of the work force to allow me that flexibility.
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  • I'm sorry
    obscurechemist
    but this dog just will not hunt. It is impossible to determine the effect of telework (or anything else) on office dynamics by taking a poll. Reality is not dependent on human opinion, for goodness sake! The article tells us how different folks feel about the subject, but does not (can not) address the question posed in the article title. Shameful, deficient thinking.
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  • Couldn't agree more
    TomH
    All I lie about this survey was Julia's balanced reporting of the results of a very poor survey. Here's my comment from the survey page, in case you didn't see it: "Let's conduct a pretend survey: Do men harm office dynamics? Starting with a negative premise will lead to highly biased results. Unless you're trying to make a point instead of genuinely ask a question, it's a useless and even harmful way to frame a survey. Lets look at a few pretend survey questions: Do women harm relationships between coworkers? Is working in a group more difficult when some/all of the group are under age 24? Is it harder to get in contact with colleagues in other buildings as compared to coworkers in your office? Would strongly agree/strongly disagree type answers to these questions tell us anything useful? Again, only if you're trying to slant the results. Either this survey was intentionally framed to produce negative responses or it is an incredibly incompetent piece of work. Either way, there results will misrepresent a valid and useful question: How does telework require changes in the way we work? (The same question could have been asked about the telephone, email, texting, and social networks.) Telework is a new way of working. Thanks to advances in technology, it's no longer just a perk for senior executives but a potent strategy agencies can use to manage many budget, staffing, and real estate problems. However, like any new organizational strategy, such as flex hours or Six Sigma, managers and employees have to understand the advantages and challenges. This Federal News Radio survey will contribute nothing to our understanding of telework. I predict, in fact, that it will only create further confusion."
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