said 1 year, 4 months ago:
Ah, this is such a great topic. Up until very recently, I was rather a strong advocate of flexible time, working from home and so on. For most of my career, I’ve had to manage resources working part-time from their home, or overseas, so status reports were being done by phone or via email, with weird time differences.
In my last role in a medium sized company though, this view got seriously challenged. I had a team of 10, with only two resource in the same office as mine. Many were working with flexible hours, or from home. Without going into the details, I would simply say that not adults have the same work ethics. And not every role is meant to be filled by an “exterior” resource.
At the end of the day, there are roles that require presence in the office, where meetings take place and decision get taken on the spot. For other roles, though, I completely agree that a person is not required to be on the premises, and simply making it over skype will do. There is no universal situation, and every company and industry have their own reality.
One thing is for sure: if there isn’t any openness at the top, like in the example given by @karenataylor , then company culture will not change and things can never evolve. Unfortunately.