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Thank you for offering your services online like this. I truly appreciate it. I was hired at my current job to be a remote worker. The job was described to me by the VP, HR department and my direct Manager as a remote position and the announcement email to the company that I was hired states that I will be working offsite. I received word today that myself and another employee will be required to come into the office to work as of a date to yet be decided. Is this allowable? They have multiple others doing the same job that are not being required to do this. Some working as far as the Philippines. I have not had one negative mark on my record as the quality of my work has been exemplary and I have always met my production goals. Is there any recourse for me to be able to remain a remote worker or will I be forced to tuck my tail between my legs and go back into the office?


I'm glad to help if I can.

You need to know why the company made the change.  The reason for their decision has much to do with your options, if any, with respect to recourse.

For example: If the company looked at the distribution of remote locations and people and determined that they were out of balance with market needs then they have the right to reduce the number of remote works based on that situation.  If there were multiple workers in the same area then they owe you and others a reason for the change and the basis for their decision.

It may not have anything to do with your work performance.

You need to find out the business rationale for the decision.  That will tell you about your recourse options.

If you find out and want to share the reason for the business decision, I'll be glad to offer my opinion.

Best of luck to you going forward!


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Mark Eichinger


Any type of question related to domestic and international Human Resources work. My H.R. passions include Compensation design and systems in competitive markets, Health and Safety in Industrial Environments, Performance Management, Talent Management (Hiring, Selection, Employee Development, Compensation, Creating Space, etc.), Communications, Coaching, Counseling, Leadership, and Management. Questions I cannot answer: I am sure there are questions within these categories that I may not be able to answer but my experience below would suggest those would be few.


I own International Human Resources Coaching and Consulting, LLC. Previously, I successfully held corporate executive and management leadership positions from 1979 to 2007 in two $9B+ multi-national corporations. Positions included: Vice President, Human Resources for the Asia Pacific Region, Eaton Corporation; I was based in Shanghai, China. Prior to that assignment, Vice President, Human Resources International and Operations, Eaton World Headquarters, Cleveland, Ohio with global responsibility for Eaton’s Human Resources practices, international assignee management, and Regional Human Resources Directors in Asia Pacific, Europe, and Central and South America. Specifically, my experience spans work at domestic and international locations at the operating plant, division, business unit, and corporate levels and most business scenarios to include startups, closedowns, restructurings, integrations, and ongoing operations. I am an Eaton Business Excellence Assessment Examiner (Malcolm Baldrige based system). I introduced processes and process mapping into the Human Resources environment. I have extensive experience with and working in domestic and international organization matrix structures. In the Asia Pacific region, my responsibilities included, leading the regions H.R. team and processes, managing the H.R. relationship with the corporation, creating and leading the professional and general manager development programs, China’s university relations program and managing the Asia Pacific key leader’s process. I have coached managers and leaders. I am a professional listener, my style open, direct, and focused on leader accountability and employee engagement. In Summary, my career responsibility included more than 60,000 employees, 60 union and union free operations, and 45 countries. I also lived in Korea for two years while in service with the USA’s armed forces.

SCORE – Counselors to Americas Small Business; at various locations I have also belonged to Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce. I have served on Boards of medical, community and institutional organizations.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Youngstown State University. MBA work Youngstown State University, and University of Bridgeport. University of Tennessee, Lean Manufacturing Certified. Thunderbird School of Global Management, Management Certified.

Awards and Honors
Corporate level awards for compensation systems, communications campaigns.

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