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Re: (OT) Employee Retention - Why do you stay, why do you go?

by punchcard_don (Beadle)
on Oct 06, 2003 at 12:26 UTC ( #296917=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to (OT) Employee Retention - Why do you stay, why do you go?

My father's generation worked 55 hour weeks at the office all their lives. I'm thankful for the life that bought our family, but wonder if there's not a better way to be productive.

A few years ago I left corporate office life behind. Now I only work by telecommuting.

In the peace, comfort, and personalized environment of my home office, I'm finding that I can be twice as productive as at an office. I can immerse myself in a project for hours and hours at a time without interruption.

Work can also follow the ebb and flow of my productivity. When the brain's not in gear, I pick up my tool box and work on house renovations. An hour later the pleasure of seeing a physical accomplishment provides the motivational seed to go back to the programming.

So, not only do I have a sense of productivity, being hassle-free, and working in my own environment, I see my work arrangement giving me the means to achieve my other life goals through flexibility, proximity, availability, and income. And that's very motiviating. I love my job for this, and now want to reward my employer.

This works for the employer also. I need no expensive office space, no caffé-latté machine or even coffee room. I provide all my own equipment. So I cost less. And, because this arrangement gives me so many other personal benefits, I'm willing to accept lesser pay than an in-office stiff, in order to enjoy it. Today companies that will work with a 100% telecommuter are not plentiful, so I'm going to take good care of my employers. If they show me some loyalty, I will return it. And finally, as an independent with business experience, I have the freedom to offer employers myriad financial arrangements from hourly rates, to results-based revenue, to firm job quotes.

The telecommuter can also work for several employers at a time if no one employer has enough work for full-time. This lets employers that don't really need a full-time guy on a particular project have their cake and eat it too. For a loyal employer, I will work 60-hour weeks for a while if necessary to juggle their workload schedule.

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