- Oct 29, 2000
The main problem may be that the manager originally got their job to be a glorified taskmaster and upper level management spy with a directive to periodically look over your shoulder, and make pointless reports related to things like "on task time" and "gets-along/doesn't-get-along with others" rather than measuring worker output in terms of actual delivered results, which can be especially difficult in some fields where bad workers can churn out a ton of output which never actually contributes anything. If you're not in a cubicle somewhere that the manager can walk around and verify you appear to be doing X instead of any other Y then what is the point of that manager?
Put another way, it's very difficult to get someone to understand the advantages of something, when that something also stands in direct opposition to their ability to keep making money.
That sounds awfully cynical to me.
I think the resistance to the work from home movement has more to do with the fact that management makes decisions, and people who get promoted to management roles are tend on average to be more likely to be "people person's", so when they go on to make decisions for their company, they lack any perspective other than their own, which is that facetime is very important to productivity, which it isn't. It is the opposite. Facetime detracts from productivity and wastes time.