Remote working was in danger of becoming a headline phrase, devoid of real-world meaning and lost in its own debate. Then Marissa Mayer shook the argument up afresh by banning remote working at Yahoo! back in February. Suddenly the discussion has fired up again, with new vigor, new opinions and new information.
There are a lot of questions around home working, and it’s certainly not the panacea to all your personal and business ills. Questions still remain: Is it possible to collaborate effectively? Do people work more or less? How productive are home workers?
We discuss remote working and the mobile enterprise quite a lot on this site. We think it’s a key part of the future of working, that it will become the standard for many more workers in years to come. Don’t just take our word for it, however. The statistics to seem tell a positive story in many respects. But what is it actually like? We asked five experts about their experiences of remote working and what it’s done for them and their business. Download or read our new ebook below and see what they had to say.
Beth Kanter, master trainer, author of ‘Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World’, and blogger, is a well-established international leader in nonprofits’ use of social media.
Named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and one of the BusinessWeek’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media,” Beth is Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation 2009-2013.
Follow her on Twitter: @kanter
Lindsay Brand is a Customer Account Manager for Create.net, a Brighton-based company which enables businesses to build their own online shops and websites. She has been working abroad for the last year, from Indonesia, Thailand and Spain.
Follow her on Twitter: @Linzeye
Marleen Devondel is ITO Product Marketing for HP Enterprise Services.