RE: Cases for telecommuting/working remotely

Subject: RE: Cases for telecommuting/working remotely
From: "Mike Schmidt" <mschmidt -at- weathercentral -dot- tv>
To: "Robotti, Anne \(Carlin\)" <ARobotti -at- CarlinGroup -dot- com>, "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2006 12:20:59 -0500

Well, as long as you're going there, how 'bout this attitude? We have
one male in our clerical dept, and they usually don't let him answer the
phones unless it's unavoidable. The reason being - and I heard it in
these very words - is that it sounds like one of the regular employees
is answering the phone, and the company can't afford a receptionist.
They WANT a female voice answering the phones so the customer's
impression is not that of too small a company.

Now, I didn't say I subscribe to this, I'm just adding my $.02. Like it
or not, it exists.

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From: techwr-l-bounces+mschmidt=weathercentral -dot- tv -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
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On Behalf Of Robotti, Anne (Carlin)
Sent: Friday, August 18, 2006 8:35 AM
To: Gene Kim-Eng; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Cases for telecommuting/working remotely

> In the early days of one of my past companies everyone (and I
> mean *everyone*) was on the rotating list of substitute
> receptionists. You know you're working in a small shop when
> your CEO can occaisionally be seen sitting at the front desk.
> Gene Kim-Eng

And, as a follow-up to my last post, in this situation I would take my
turn and not complain. But somebody was talking about a situation where
the developers won't answer the phone - it's her and the "finance
ladies." And I think there's a subtle suggestion there that any woman is
a substitute receptionist or secretary, and that bothers me when it's
directed at me.



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