I always enjoy Liz Ryan’s articles, and this is another gem. All of the reasons that she’s listed here is exactly why the fear exists. Some of it is founded, but most of it isn’t founded. Managers don’t seem to always understand that people are not goofing off when they work remotely. Sure, they might be able to take a moment to rotate the laundry instead of a long coffee break, but what’s the harm in that? Most studies have shown that remote workers actually get more done and put more actual work time in than if they worked in the office in most cases. In a day and age when you can talk to anyone globally via Skype or similar conferencing tools, text, IM, email, or even phone someone, why restrict them and force them to come to the office if they are being productive and creating the output you need? I find this especially true for technical communicators, and I know this to be true of 99% of the work I’ve ever had to do.
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