My STC-PMC friend, Ellen O’Brien found this on LinkedIn. This is a great article that I think not only speaks towards the benefits of why remote working CAN work and why more companies should be using remote options, but in my mind, it also supports why this is a very good option for technical communicators.
I keep hearing that “remote” is “in”, and that more remote jobs are becoming available. To be honest, I haven’t seen it at all. If anything, when I even suggest to some companies that I am available and ask if I can work remotely, the answer is usually a flat out NO. This makes it really difficult for people who are not in a position to relocate for a closer commute, yet the jobs are far away. (Yes, I put myself in that category.)
My argument has been the same as outlined in this article, in which the author, Brian de Haaff, says he’s been asked, (and I quote directly from the article,)
- “How do you collaborate with the team?”
- “What tools do you use to stay connected?”
- “When will you really need an office?”
The answers he provides are pretty much the same answers I would give from my own experiences. I wish employers would get the hint. They could save SO much money allowing for more remote work, and get better productivity from their employees and contractors.
What do you think? Yes, I know some of you are diehard office workers who want to be close by to your co-workers. Some jobs do require that–I’m not denying that. But most technical communications jobs don’t require that necessarily. Read the article, and tell me what you think after reading it.