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post Dec 2 2010, 02:12 PM
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My staff are all "working from home" today, and I am sat in this empty office wondering where I'm going wrong angry.gif


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post Dec 2 2010, 02:19 PM
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QUOTE (Bofem @ Dec 2 2010, 02:12 PM) *
My staff are all "working from home" today, and I am sat in this empty office wondering where I'm going wrong angry.gif

If your office is in the Newbury/Reading/ Wokingham vicinity then there is no reason why anyone should not have turned up for work. If Hampshire however then they could be justified. Perhaps you need to have a "word"


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post Dec 2 2010, 02:56 PM
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I made it to the office in Newbury but my colleagues living in Basingstoke could not get in. Our offices in London have closed early but only a few staff managed to get in.

I originally put "skeleton staff" and then knew what a clobbering I would get for that one !!! laugh.gif
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post Dec 2 2010, 02:58 PM
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QUOTE (Bloggo @ Dec 2 2010, 02:19 PM) *
If your office is in the Newbury/Reading/ Wokingham vicinity then there is no reason why anyone should not have turned up for work. If Hampshire however then they could be justified. Perhaps you need to have a "word"


Your staff also have to live in Newbury/Reading/Wokingham vicinity.
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post Dec 2 2010, 03:15 PM
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QUOTE (Jayjay @ Dec 2 2010, 02:58 PM) *
Your staff also have to live in Newbury/Reading/Wokingham vicinity.

Yes of course.


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post Dec 2 2010, 07:23 PM
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QUOTE (Bloggo @ Dec 2 2010, 02:19 PM) *
If your office is in the Newbury/Reading/ Wokingham vicinity then there is no reason why anyone should not have turned up for work. If Hampshire however then they could be justified. Perhaps you need to have a "word"
Flexible working isn't just for poor weather you know.

Many organisation allow their staff to work from home all year round.
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post Dec 2 2010, 08:45 PM
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QUOTE (user23 @ Dec 2 2010, 07:23 PM) *
Flexible working isn't just for poor weather you know.

Many organisation allow their staff to work from home all year round.


...and quite a few are beginning to see that like 'flexitime' it's a great mistake! Flexitime and home working are incompatible with customer service.


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post Dec 2 2010, 09:25 PM
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QUOTE (pinkfluffyclouds @ Dec 2 2010, 02:56 PM) *
I made it to the office in Newbury but my colleagues living in Basingstoke could not get in. Our offices in London have closed early but only a few staff managed to get in.

I originally put "skeleton staff" and then knew what a clobbering I would get for that one !!! laugh.gif



Interesting, i managed to get from Basingstoke to Newbury!!
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post Dec 2 2010, 10:20 PM
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On the news last night it showed a motorist who had called out the RAC as they could not negotiate a small hill to their house. A cover was put over the tyre and away they went. Does anyone know what this device was and where you can get one. It looked like a soft fabric strip that went around the tyre and secured across the hub with a soft spiders web appaearance. A little like snow chains, but you would be able to use them on cleared roads as there are no spikes.
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post Dec 2 2010, 10:29 PM
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QUOTE (Jayjay @ Dec 2 2010, 10:20 PM) *
On the news last night it showed a motorist who had called out the RAC as they could not negotiate a small hill to their house. A cover was put over the tyre and away they went. Does anyone know what this device was and where you can get one. It looked like a soft fabric strip that went around the tyre and secured across the hub with a soft spiders web appaearance. A little like snow chains, but you would be able to use them on cleared roads as there are no spikes.


Not sure about that, but Snow Socks for a similar thing. Roofbox.co.uk but I wouldn't expect them to have many left now.
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post Dec 3 2010, 04:04 AM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Dec 2 2010, 08:45 PM) *
...and quite a few are beginning to see that like 'flexitime' it's a great mistake! Flexitime and home working are incompatible with customer service.




Utter rubbish.... I worked for a major IT services company for over five years and it worked just fine.


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post Dec 3 2010, 06:30 AM
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QUOTE (x2lls @ Dec 3 2010, 04:04 AM) *
Utter rubbish.... I worked for a major IT services company for over five years and it worked just fine.


Certainly not my experience. Just one example, one organisation I took over used a service company who did this, thought they provided a fantastic service...they did...until you saw the results...and the cost. Must admit, much is down to management; but doing that by remote control is awkward. As firms with 'off shore' call centres have also now discovered.


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post Dec 3 2010, 09:09 AM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Dec 3 2010, 06:30 AM) *
Certainly not my experience. Just one example, one organisation I took over used a service company who did this, thought they provided a fantastic service...they did...until you saw the results...and the cost. Must admit, much is down to management; but doing that by remote control is awkward. As firms with 'off shore' call centres have also now discovered.


Usually the computer says no!!! rolleyes.gif


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post Dec 3 2010, 09:15 AM
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QUOTE (user23 @ Dec 2 2010, 07:23 PM) *
Flexible working isn't just for poor weather you know.

Many organisation allow their staff to work from home all year round.

I said this before but flexible working is an opportunity for ineffective management to turn a blind eye to staff who want to pursue their own personal agenda without the risk of being discovered.
Working from home likewise.
I believe where public money is being expended that both of these "work styles" should be stopped and staff made to be more accountable by managers who know how to manage.


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post Dec 3 2010, 10:05 AM
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QUOTE (Bloggo @ Dec 2 2010, 02:19 PM) *
If your office is in the Newbury/Reading/ Wokingham vicinity then there is no reason why anyone should not have turned up for work. If Hampshire however then they could be justified. Perhaps you need to have a "word"

I drove from the Hungerford area to Henley via Reading early yesterday evening and back again at about 10.30 pm. There was absolutely no problem with the roads and the only snow I saw was in the pavements - and not very much of that either.

Just for once West Berkshire appears to be blessed!

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post Dec 3 2010, 08:36 PM
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Can anyone explain how come the Hospital opened, supermarkets opened, the Council offices opened, shops opened, Northcroft opened, the cinema opened, and the parks were full of kids playing, having been, in many cases, taken there by their parents, yet schools were closed? Why are teachers so precious?
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post Dec 3 2010, 08:40 PM
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The argument has always been that teachers don't live local. For many village schools that is true as they cannot afford village prices.

According to the article, it was the rural schools that were closed.
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post Dec 3 2010, 09:29 PM
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QUOTE (Bloggo @ Dec 3 2010, 09:15 AM) *
I said this before but flexible working is an opportunity for ineffective management to turn a blind eye to staff who want to pursue their own personal agenda without the risk of being discovered.
Working from home likewise.
I believe where public money is being expended that both of these "work styles" should be stopped and staff made to be more accountable by managers who know how to manage.
Good management isn't about keep one's staff on a leash though, it's about getting the best out of them whilst keeping them accountable. If one has to check up on their staff every five minutes then one is not a very good manager.
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post Dec 3 2010, 09:53 PM
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My sisters firm in York seems to have an answer. Call takers work from home, using their own kit via internet. Paid only for the calls they take. Seems to work - they have more than they actually need but only pay for what work is done. There was quite an investment in mapping the processes and working out the rates.


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post Dec 4 2010, 03:58 PM
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QUOTE (Dodgys smarter brother. @ Dec 3 2010, 09:36 PM) *
Can anyone explain how come the Hospital opened, supermarkets opened, the Council offices opened, shops opened, Northcroft opened, the cinema opened, and the parks were full of kids playing, having been, in many cases, taken there by their parents, yet schools were closed? Why are teachers so precious?

I think many, many people ask themselves the same question every time there is a millimetre of snow (or even the threat of it).
I think it is our modern elf n' safety culture working overtime again to protect the little darlings!
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