“We have listened and learned,” CEO Charlie Scharf said in an email to employees worldwide.
U.K. employees were reportedly so distressed by the move they were considering legal action. "We did not fully appreciate the level of impact this would have on those employees with existing arrangements,” said CEO Scharf. He originally backed the move citing increased collaboration and quicker decision making, but after the employee outcry, announced he was rethinking the move.
"The GitLab team handbook is the central repository for how we run the company. Printed, it consists of over 2,000 pages of text. As part of our value of being transparent the handbook is open to the world, and we welcome feedback.
Why would you want to read a 2,000 page employee handbook? Because it's amazing. It covers everything from their core values to chat/email etiquette. There's a whole chapter devoted to communications protocols including how to keep virtual workers from feeling ostracized. Another chapter not only reveals the dozens of apps they use to manage their work, but details about how to use them.
Transitioning to a virtual workforce can be beneficial for nonprofits and for-profits alike. Consider these tips for making sure the process is a smooth one.
A UC Davis researcher quoted in the article suggests there's an unconscious perception that people who are seen around the office during regular working hours are more reliable, committed, dependable than remote workers (including telecommuters and those who travel heavily). In fact, Microsoft's 'unconscious bias' training includes an example of forgetting to invite remote workers to a meeting.
The worry is that the 'not-being-seen'-bias could result in poorer performance reviews. It suggests including social time with remote workers and making sure managers judge their people by what they do, rather than their subjective feelings toward them.
RA 11165 or An Act Institutionalizing Telecommuting as an Alternative Work Arrangement for Employees in the Private Sector encourages employers to adopt telecommuting - a work arrangement that allows an employee to work from an alternative workplace with the use of telecommunication and/or computer technologies.
The new law does not require employers to offer telecommuting, it simply requires that if they do, they ensure they are treated no differently than other employees. It specifically mentions having appropriate training, technology, and access to colleagues and advancement opportunities. These have proven critical to the success of work-at-home programs in the U.S. and elsewhere, so it's good to see them baked into law.
Reducing traffic and improving work-life balance are the primary drivers of the telecommuting law.