She might just be distributing her hours differently to allow time for the errands. I work approx 8 hours a day. If I'm in the office it'll be from 8-16. But if I'm at home it might be 7-11 stop for two hours to run errands, continue working 13-17. Still 8 hours of work even though I ran errands as well. And I might very well ask my boss for permission to work from home "because I have some errands to run" (usually dentist, doctor etc.).
If you work at home you've got to have self-discipline. I work from home, and I'm expected to be working on my account at a certain time. My biggest issue is that I'm in a different state and three hours behind the office, and occasionally they forget to tell me things. I guess that's a good thing: I'm so reliable that no one needs to give me a second thought. (Sigh.)
We have a lot of work from home reps at my company.
One of the biggest requirements is that employees cannot be caring for their children while they are working (if they can't be home alone, they need to be cared for since the employee needs to be focused on work). And yet whenever at-home reps need to be in the office for something, they get in a panic because 'CRUD MONKEYS! I need to arrange someone to watch my kids!'.
Busted! Then are are some, like my one boss, who will email us to let us know she's "working from home" because she has to go to the bank, and here and there. Um, if you're out running errands, you are NOT working.
No. there is a pattern with this one, and please don't get me started, of coming and going as she pleases, taking 1-2 hour lunches, making all kinds of appointments during working hours. And as I said in my post above, while we have flex time, we have core business hours you are expected to work. whether from home or in the office, and if you are home, you are pretty much expected to be there, doing your job.
Once in a while, sure, if you need to schedule around something, but this boss makes a habit of this, on a daily basis. We are all convinced she does this so as NOT to have to do it during "her"time, aka the hours she isn't working.
we are all sick to death of it, but management for some reason, turns a blind eye, or really just doesn't pay attention. she truly abuses the privilege of working from home