One of my employees asked if she could work a few days each week at home. (She has a long commute and hates it.) Assuming that part of her job can be done off-site like that and she works well independently, do you have any tips for me to take into consideration when I decide whether this employee is the type of person who will succeed working at home? What type of person would be best to pick for that work?
If you can, select someone with a personal staff and maid service. Also a nanny if the employee has kids.
Seriously, you don’t want someone who is merely capable of working independently. You want someone who can work independently AND will actually do the work even if you are not within sight (or at least popping down the hall from time to time). You want independence and motivation and dependability and a bunch of other adjectives. Independent alone is not enough.
If the employee smells bad, everyone wins. Score!
— Evil Skippy
If the person is not self-motivated, he or she should not do remote work. Period. Fortunately, as the person’s direct supervisor, you should have a pretty good idea about whether or not that attribute is present. Don’t be influenced by smell.
I will be surprised if a lot of people reading this do not have opinions about this issue. So spill it — what do you think?