|View Poll Results: If you couldn't work for 3 days due to technical issues with company-supplied equipment..|
|Count it as 3 days (12 hours) worked, as normal||42||62.69%|
|Only count the time you spend troubleshooting, dropping off equipment, etc.||15||22.39%|
|Count it but use sick/vacation pay||1||1.49%|
|Don't count it, work an extra 12 hours at the end of the week||5||7.46%|
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Say you normally work from home 4 hours a day on average (though varies a lot day to day), and need to keep at least 20 hours a week to maintain health insurance (but it's salaried so no one else keeps track).
If you were unable to work for 3 days due to technical issues with the equipment supplied by your company, would you still count your time as having 'worked' those 3 days? Or would you use vacation/sick time or something? OK I'm gonna make a poll!!
I won't include this in the poll, but I'm also curious about your thoughts on: if the workload varies a lot day to day & some days you don't have any (or very little) work, would you still say you 'worked' because you were available during that time & everyone who doesn't telecommute would count that as time worked?
Unless you can make the time up...that's what I would do. Then inform my manager that I made the time up and count it as time worked.
As for your second choice. I would count the whole day as time worked. You're still available for work and you'd do more work if there was something to be done. People who work in an office don't work 8 hours straight everyday.
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For the day-to-day variation in hours, I'd count it as long as I was making it clear to my boss/team that I had a light workload that day and was available to help them with their projects or something. As someone else said, people who work in the office are still getting paid even when they're chit-chatting with coworkers on days when they have a light workload.
My father, on the other hand, works from home but within his company's network. When there were network problems, he still accounted for his time as "worked." Once he, too, had 3 days where he couldn't work. He still submitted his time. My father is one of those guys who is really committed to his work, like the only sick time he took in his whole life was when he had kidney cancer (cured for 20 years! yay!), that sort of guy. But yes, he charged his time, he was hanging around and checking every now and then to see if he could access the network and so on. He couldn't just take off and go to the beach or anything, even if he did putter around the house and watch TV and so on during the downtime.
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A great example is - I had my computer replaced (in my office at work) - downtime 4 hours. I'm counting that time as work, even though I couldn't do squat because it is not my fault I am not working - its theirs. :eyeroll
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But yes, he charged his time, he was hanging around and checking every now and then to see if he could access the network and so on. He couldn't just take off and go to the beach or anything, even if he did putter around the house and watch TV and so on during the downtime.
BUT - that was before I read that you were salaried. In that case, if you've ever worked more than the 4/20 hrs and not been paid extra for it - I would put your normal workday -without hesitation.
I wouldn't feel right about charging and getting paid for not working though.
(And did, in fact have a similiar situation last fall, worked part-time and some WAH, and ran into a network outage that kept me from working for two weeks - I only charged the time that I spent taking my computer into netops, time that I was actually at work - even though I wasn't working myself - but I was never waiting more than a half hour either...). But - I was part-time and paid hourly.
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Your salaried, as long as you meet the job description of what you were hired to do it doesn't matter if it's 3 days or 4 days.
I get paid hourly (also working from home) and would ask my employer what he wanted me to do in a situation like that. As long as you are around and available to work, though, I think it's fair for you to get compensated for your time.
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What would you do if your laptop was broken at the office? I'm sure they wouldn't require you to count that as 'sick' time. If you made a best effort to get everything repaired as soon as possible, i'd count it as time worked.
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