Smart teleworking tips

Did I already write this? I don’t know, but I’m going to write it again because it is important.

I “teleworked” today and ran into issues. Yep, they took away web mail this week without telling us. Oh, I’m sorry. They did tell us. They sent an organization wide email out at 5:30 p.m. saying that web mail would go down forever at 6:00 p.m. that night. Hmm! So, if I left work at 5:15 p.m. and checked it when I got home around 7:00 p.m. I would like to know how I was supposed to get the message. It is a good thing there was nothing earth shattering that I had to accomplish.

Fast forward to two days later…

Today I can’t get on the system that they decided we needed to use when we are in a virtual location – Citrix. It’s worked before, but didn’t work today until the end of the work day. Joy! That said, I was able to send emails from hotmail to others that didn’t have access. Yes, we find work arounds when our own organization doesn’t give us the tools.

With this trial telework period, however, we have to prove that we are productive and so not being on email presents a problem when your organization values fast responses over quality and thought.

In comes the date/time stamp. This is when you use documents and systems that date/time stamp when you worked on them, when you uploaded them and when you updated them. It shows you were working and people cannot refute it.

Yes, I am about 37 years old and feel like I am old enough not to be managed, but when we are forced to play this type of game to show we are working….I will play and I will play to win.

Thems fighting words, aye? Haaaa.

But, seriously, it is a good teleworking tip.

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