Can one administrate from home…

Working from home 2

Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, Barrington, New Hampshire, commented that given the highly complex communications technology now available to us, it is tempting to consider allowing more select employees to work from home.  This seems to be a trend in business and across the country today.

The question remains as to whether it is appropriate for a CEO or top level administrator to do the same?  This question is clearly troubling to executives.  “About five years ago, I started reserving a half day a week to work from home.  The quiet environment allowed me time to carefully think through issues.  I began to think about the costs of working from home vs. the benefits.”  Dr. O’Connell noted, “The costs are somewhat hidden or nebulous but I think real.  E-mails and texts are quick and easy, can be performed at the convenience of the writer, and allow the writer to fact check and edit before sending.  But of course the pitfalls are many and include improper or unintentional cc’ing, delays in responses, codifying for eternity information which can sometimes change overnight, and the shortcomings in communication.  This latter point is so important.”

E-mails send no body language, no facial expression, no decibel level, and no tone of voice.  Many CEOs who, a few years ago, performed much work from home, are now showing up much more in the office, presumably because of the downsides of remote communication as suggested.

So, can a CEO administrate from home?  Yes, but at a price, and the price increases commensurate with time outside the office.

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see:

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