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WanderingEng  ·  1069 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Forget Going Back to the Office—People Are Just Quitting Instead

    Remote work also has expanded the recruiting pool for rival companies and technology firms, making employees with digital skills ripe for poaching by employers nationwide, Ms. Patterson said.

I keep telling my dad this. He used to own a small business and seems shocked at the possibility of long term work remote. "How do you know people are working?" It doesn't matter. If they aren't getting work done, who cares if it's because they're working 5 hours a day instead of 8 or working the full day but just poor performers? What if someone is doing great work and doing it in 5 hours? Is that so bad?

Companies able to make it work will have a bigger talent pool available. For myself, I have a few key criteria for anywhere I might live. Nowhere desert, for one. But if a company in Arizona said I could work remote, suddenly they become an option for me.

kleinbl00  ·  1069 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    "How do you know people are working?"

I dunno, champ, is the task you hired them for getting done?

Made an interesting discovery about my receptionist yesterday. She's not really capable of answering more than 50 phone calls a day. Got data going back three months to prove it. NOW - you could argue that holy shit someone who can't do more than eight phone calls an hour is a shitty receptionist and clearly she needs more managing. OR you could contemplate all the heinously complicated, folkloric dumb shit that goes into managing the communications for a multi-practitioner healthcare facility and recognize that 300 minutes of talk time a day in a 420-minute work day means holy shit when the phones are busy everything else grinds to a halt mebbe we oughtta increase our receptionist count.

If you can't tell if your employees are cheating you in this age of radical telemetry I'm sorry, you're a dumbass. Retire. And if you just wanna make sure that you own that person five days a week? Rather than paying them for their effort on your behalf? Apologize first.