The Faceless Workforce
By mrbill on Mar 09, 2005
I have written before about Flexible Office and Work from Home programs. One of the problems with this kind of work environment is the lack of personal contact with the folks that you are working with. In conference calls, you don't get to read the body language or see the facial expressions. This makes for an interesting balance.
Sidebar: After a Re-org last year, I decided to join the Managed Services group at Sun. The new manager was a co-worker from a previous job at Sun, and an all around decent kind of bloke. Soon after my arrival, he was deployed to Iraq with his National Guard unit. Bingo, new boss.
Back to the story. I am wandering down the hall yesterday and someone (who looked slightly familiar) calls out my name. I stop, and she starts a conversation, seeming to know an awful lot about what I do and what I am working on. "I'm sorry, you look familiar, but I can't place your name." Yes, you guessed it. It was the manager to whom I have reported for the past 6 months. Probably not a career enhancing move on my part.
So Jeanne, if you are reading this, please put your photograph into the corporate directory. I promise I won't forget who you are next time.