Re: Telecommuting/offshoring

Subject: Re: Telecommuting/offshoring
From: "Janet Swisher" <swisher -at- enthought -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 10:46:02 -0500

"Lisa A. Roth" <roth -at- jimmy -dot- harvard -dot- edu> wrote:
> With normal telecommuters, there is always the option to
> call them in for a day or two or three to get any needed "face time."
> With offshoring, your control and contact is only as good as:
> * The person you actually convinced to go over there for a few months
> to set up shop
> * the local manager
> * the relative willingness or unwillingness of the offshored employees
> to humor you with conferene calls at 3 am, etc.

You could also make that last one "the relative willingness or unwillingness
of the stateside management to accommodate the overseas employees with
conference calls at 3am, etc."

It was my experience when I worked at a large multinational corporation with
sites in Europe and Asia (whose jobs were never "onshore") that
collaboration among international teams works best when the teams take turns
meeting at painful hours. Giving one team's convenience more priority than
the other's causes the relationship to erode rapidly. (That said, the folks
in Hong Kong seemed more inclined than the Americans to stay in the office
until 12 or 1 am even when we *weren't* having a teleconference.)



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