And if your boss is on the fence, here’s a compelling case study — from economics professor Nicholas Bloom — to show her.
Source: Why working from home should be standard practice
An interesting study of why working from home can actually work, even if you aren’t in favor of it or want to work from home. Take a look.
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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, 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, TCUK (ISTC) 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. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. 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 thoughts on “Why working from home should be standard practice”
I’m a helpdesk essentially, and should be able to work remotely by logging into client’s computers. Management would love me to do so. Problem is that in reality, too many cases where this is not possible: customer’s computer is not online, or customer is unable to explain the problem accurately enough (so we have to go on site and see for ourselves), or customer is not available and won’t schedule. These three cover about 70-80% of our support tickets. And that’s before counting the people who always walk in the office uninvited, sitting in your office: “I have a problem. Fix.”
Sooooo… In theory, nice idea. In reality, I think these jobs are few and far between. Management also doesn’t like the idea that you’re just remote. Maybe sometimes you can work from home, but they need you for workshops, on-site work at times, backup, etc. Unless you have a whole “off site” squad, and it’s just simpler to have temps or freelancers for these. I think this is true from HR perspective also, but I don’t know.
Not all jobs are cut out to be remote jobs–I grant you that. But in the communications field, especially technical communications, many of them are.