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Thanks for your Point/Counter- point article about remote work
(November 2017). I’ve been working
from home for the past year. I accomplish so much more than when I put in
all my hours at the office. I do go in for
weekly meetings—which is critical for
staying connected—but then I go home
and knock out a ton of work.
When I need to flex my hours to
deal with family needs, it’s incredibly
simple. This approach merges work and
home life, making both easier and significantly less stressful. It is very important to keep remote workers tuned in to
each other. That can be done using conference calls, face time, private social
media pages and recognition platforms.
Carole A. Robinson
I’ve never understood why an employer would choose not to offer remote work
for jobs where telecommuting can be
done effectively, such as positions in technology. It’s not for all jobs, but why not
allow it if it’s feasible?
Maybe a worker needs time away
from the open areas of so-called collaborative environments just to concentrate—which results in increased
productivity. Although I’m not keen
to the idea of working remotely 100
percent of the time, I think it should be
permitted if life circumstances come up
to warrant it.
Whatever the reason, I completely
support working remotely. I wouldn’t
have it any other way.
Staffing Agency Snags
Thanks for your article pointing out some of the potential problems
with staffing agencies (posted online
in November 2017, see print story on
p. 50). Keep in mind, though, that
employers also can be less-than-ideal or
Consider these true situations: A
temp arrives for an office job, and
there is no place for her to sit. Or the
temp worker has no clear supervisor or point of contact to go to to ask
questions. Or no one at the company
ordered supplies that the worker will
need for a project when he arrives on
Thanks to everyone who responded to our October request on social media to share the Halloween costumes that you and your teams wore to work this year. We thought they were all clever, creative and, of course, consummate examples of
appropriate Halloween attire for office celebrations. (This is HR, after all!) Here are a few of our favorites.
—Christina Folz, Editor
What happens when you go to HR and are
greeted by … Cruella De Vil? The Sundance
Catalog’s HR team in Salt Lake City, Utah, had fun
with the characters from “101 Dalmatians.”
The HR team at Erie Family
Health Center in Chicago
goes down the rabbit hole
as the crew from “Alice in
Dan Erickson, director of HR
at Ada Bible Church in Grand
Rapids, Mich., wrote his own
caption, which says it all: “HR
nerd deep dive, but I went as the
Team members at Minnesota Gastroenterology
in St. Paul, Minn., are real social butterfies.
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