Why Work from Home Doesn’t Work? Culture and Cognitive Bias. | Kunal Kerai | Pulse | LinkedIn

As companies gear up to hire new talent, and re-examine their benefits, work-from-home (“telecommuting”, “WFH”) falls stage front and center once

Source: Why Work from Home Doesn’t Work? Culture and Cognitive Bias. | Kunal Kerai | Pulse | LinkedIn

I think almost everybody knows I’m a big WFH advocate, because I’ve done it, and done it successfully. I actually work better as WFH employee contractor.  One thing that I think this article misses out on, because once again, the millennials and Gen Z are spoken about most, is Gen X.  We’re at a point where if anyone wants the work-life balance, it’s us! We’re the ones who still have kids in school, but have put in our time as office employees. We still have many years to still work, and yet we’re expected to have the energy and commitments (which are significantly less) than someone half our age.  I definitely feel there’s a cultural and cognitive bias against WFH, and I don’t get it. I really don’t. Some jobs, yes, you need to be there. Scientists, teachers, any kind of laborers, yes. But technical communicators? Not as much.

This is an interesting article that looks at the phenomenon of why, in this age of global digital communication, that we still don’t have more WFH positions or companies that advocate for it.

What do you think? Include your comments below.

 

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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who has recently started her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, and BASF North America, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog, TechCommGeekMom.com, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/daniellemvillegas, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog.
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2 Responses to Why Work from Home Doesn’t Work? Culture and Cognitive Bias. | Kunal Kerai | Pulse | LinkedIn

  1. Cheryl says:

    Here’s another article I found today that covers some advantages and disadvantages of working remotely. Like you, I prefer telecommuting, because I’m much more productive. http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/slack-skype-zoom-remote-work-norm-small-firms-48860143

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