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Comment Re:Stealth Layoff (Score 1) 301

The open floor plan isn't too awful; you just need a good set of (over-the-ear, noise-cancelling) headphones and a smartphone full of good tunes (or Spotify and a generous data plan).

An infant is gonna be hard to work near, I agree... but that clears up in a year or two; that, or you can put a shed in the backyard (living arrangement/space permitting) and turn it into a separate office space.

Comment Re:Are all Outlook users this pedantic? (Score 2) 48

And why isn't everyone using Gmail or something better by now?

Even better - why isn't every self-respecting business large enough to have more than 50 employees not using on-prem email/MTA solutions, instead of renting it out to people whose outages don't give a damn about your schedule?

Comment Re:Much consternation about nothing? (Score 2) 301

Even better - get all the company-issued stuff back onsite so it's easier to confiscate when the axes fall.

Fiserv was (and likely still is) notorious for this during their periodic purges (they do it about once every two years, where x% of each department has to go, regardless of growth). It starts as a demand that all remote-workers come into the office... you knew what was coming next. Within a week or two they start canning all the victims, and everyone is back under the thumb to boot.

Comment Re:Stealth Layoff (Score 3) 301

This, exactly this.

I mean seriously... in the age of corporate IM and collaboration(e.g. Webex) applications, why the hell are they complaining about "phone tag"? Just require your employees to keep their damned IM app open if you're that worried about it. I mean, IBM isn't exactly running a commodities trading house, so it's not like they need split-second employee response times...
In general though, a hybrid solution is best in my opinion... you come in a day or two each week for meetings and suchlike, then work from home the rest of the time so you can have a quiet place to concentrate (that is, as long as your family is educated/smart enough to leave you alone).

I say this for a couple of reasons:
* Face-time. Politics(sadly) and team cohesion requires physically getting together periodically.
* Meetings are best conducted together as a physical when possible, mostly because even video doesn't really help you gauge the room when speaking/listening/etc. This isn't true for all meetings, but for most of them, it holds true.

Conversely, working from home allows you to concentrate with a minimum of interruption. Yeah, IMs are the suck, but at least allow you to finish up whatever little thought/task you had going before you answer it.

Comment Re:Scary stuff (Score 2) 279

Delivery is a red herring though, having items delivered is likely a more efficient use of fuel than using a car to get items for single household.

Where I live, population density is 14/sq mi. It's more efficient in my case to drive into town once a month or so in a larger vehicle, load up on everything I need for the month, come back, and not burn any fuel after that (I work remotely). If I missed something, I do without it until the next time I go out (barring actual emergencies, e.g. a suddenly dead well pump or a solar inverter that goes on the fritz, though I do keep spares on-hand for both).

In GP's assertion, a 1 lb. item burns an impressive amount of fuel-per-pound for that UPS/FedEx/Whatever truck if it's just the one item, even if the truck were to only go a block out of its way... even worse when its cumulative, which was his point.

PS: I don't own an SUV.

Comment Re:This is a wise move (Score 1) 305

Pretty certain that Facebook (and Intel, Apple, Microsoft, whatever) have formed legally independent entities from which to operate in Germany. Worst that could happen is that Facebook GmbH (the German subsidiary) gets nuked, leaving Facebook (US) untouched.

  (...and vice-versa - for instance, Solarworld is the biggest Solar panel maker in Germany, but their independent subsidiary, Solarworld USA, is legally separate, with its own C-level, its own financial and tax structure, its own distinct set of contracts with various vendors, etc.)

The parent and subsidiaries are structured to keep things separate, but have no qualms (or obstacles) to shipping money between them through various (And fully legal) mechanisms.

Comment Re:Just goes to Show Ya (Score 4, Insightful) 513

HR could end up costing the company money as well...

A few years back, my wife was in-and-out of the hospital for what turned out to be a rare congenital disorder (currently under control and in remission of sorts). When it began, I filed ADA paperwork with HR to the effect that, as her de-facto caretaker, I would occasionally have to work remotely or take off from work on occasion for her doc appointments. HR and my manager were understanding and quite fine with it; I just had to occasionally work odd hours to ensure that it never affected my performance.

If Mr. Davis filed similar paperwork (he really should have, even before starting work there), the company may well end up eating a big judgement.

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