Poll Results: You Do Work From Home

It’s always nice to be pleasantly surprised and the soft poll from earlier this week asking office employee readers if their organization allows flextime produced some interesting results. Historically, I’ve always encountered a good deal of resistance from executives about the idea of allowing flextime but if the results are any indication, it seems that attitudes are softening…

Here’s what we discovered:

  • At least 2/3 of respondents are currently allowed to work from home.
  • Out of that group, half were allowed to work no less than 16 hours at home per month.
  • All but a small percentage had to ask for flextime.
  • Less than ten percent had a flextime program in place when they arrived.
  • An equally small percentage had their flextime requests denied.
  • All of the respondents had an interest in flextime.

Just for fun, I’ll leave the poll open indefinitely in order to see if the numbers change over the next few months.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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  1. It was actually a difficult question for me to answer since I gig so much out of town. The little teaching I do I could easily do at home but prefer to have the students meet at the university though it’s not “technically required!” I suspect that there may very well be more cases like mine–the flexibility of the “position” would allow them to do practically anything they would like.

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