It’s Time to Make ‘Hush Trips’ a Fireable Offense

our employees are taking Hush Trips.

What are those? Well, to be fair, I just learned the term Hush Trips today, but I of course knew the practice: it’s working “remotely” from someplace other than your home and not telling your boss. Hence the “hush” part of the travel.

It sounds all sorts of fun and cool, and why not? As long as you put in your hours, why should the boss care where you are?

Well, as the boss, you should care where your employees are. And you should have a policy against “hush trips.” Here’s why.

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5 thoughts on “It’s Time to Make ‘Hush Trips’ a Fireable Offense

  1. Bosh. Home is where the Wi-Fi is.

    Now my daughter works in a HIPAA environment, so she needs to have her remote work location pre-approved (solid door separation for privacy, etc.) She can’t travel freely.

    Her choices, her consequences.

    I don’t have those strictures. I work at either home, or in-transit at airports. Sometimes even the beach ️

    The most radical solution to the restriction that employees “must work within US jurisdiction” I’ve seen? I know one guy who worked from the North Mariana Islands.

  2. I can just hear/ read all the whiny complaints from the WFH workers about this requirement because they are claiming that they are doing the job regardless of not being where they claim to be in geographic location. These same complainers don’t like being monitored on their time spent doing the work on their work-connected computers and they have “trouble” stepping away to check things in their environment ( home) and they can’t work in spurts but in a designated period. Hey, they asked WFH and were under the illusion they could do as they wanted without employers putting in job requirement demands.

  3. There is another hazard if a company lets its employees log in and work over public wi-fi systems like those at a library or Starbucks — it’s trivially easy for other people using that wi-fi system to see what you send or receive on it, including passwords. With your own home wi-fi you can protect against that by setting up good encryption, but on a public system (or a home system that the owner has left open for everyone to use) there is no defense except never to connect to it.

    1. Not quite. A bit off the mark here. A simple VPN connection or service (example NordVpn) will resolve this issue. Either on your computer or by having it on your phone and routing Your ei-fi connection through it.

  4. I agree that employees vastly underestimate the potential liabilities involved with them working from a different location. And I’m ok with employers being strict about where their employees are working from.

    But that would also mean employers have to stop expecting people to work/be responsive etc. when they’re on vacation. My partner didn’t wind up responding to emails from Grindelwald last fall because she got tired of the scenery.

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