A blow for public sector telecommuting

A blow for public sector telecommuting

The head of Boston’s Department of Public Works was suspended for three weeks for having allowed a data analyst to work remotely. In this case, the analyst was working very remotely — from Venezuela.

The Boston Globe coverage of the story omits any mention of a rather salient point: was the employee adequately performing her job? It sounds like this suspension has a lot more to do with political struggles and department-wide shenanigans than with the effectiveness of telecommuting. That’s a shame.

Posted in All, Business on May 28th, 2008, 9:53 am by David Schrag   

One Response

  1. Michael Pahre
    May 28th, 2008 | 2:58 pm

    The Globe story missed one other crucial detail: telecommuting like this apparently isn’t allowed by union rules. See Talking Politics blog over at the Boston Phoenix:

    http://thephoenix.com/TalkingPolitics/2008/05/28/RoyerTrouble.aspx

    Why a union would agree to such a rule is beyond me.

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