I found this article interesting, because in so many ways, I think it exemplifies the kind of remote work environment most of us wish we had–and should have. The oft-heard criticism about remote working is that if you aren’t there, people forget about you. Sometimes, that’s a good thing, and sometimes, it isn’t. It’s a good thing when you want to have no disruptions, work head-down, and get the work done. It’s not so great when you need some of the social aspects, such as sharing frustrations openly about a project with another person, or having a brainstorming session. As a remote worker, you often feel forgotten about if you aren’t part of an already remote situation, like what’s described in this article. The article describes how it SHOULD be–and I read it like it was a fantasy, even if it’s the reality of the Skillcrush workers. That’s the kind of environment that I want to work in as a remote worker. I want to be able to work from home and still feel connected with my co-workers when I do have to collaborate with them. I don’t want to be left out of either events or even just department decisions, especially if they affect me directly. And this applies even if you are the remote worker, and everyone else is at “the office”. Remote workers often get the short end of the stick in this regard. Yes, we like the flexibility and privacy of working from home, but we aren’t hermits (or at least most of us aren’t).
Skillcrush–if you can use a technical communicator, contact me. I would love to be part of your corporate culture.
What do you think of this article? Is this a good benchmark for remote work culture, or is there something better? Include your comments below.