Subject: Telecommuting
From: MSTSACX -at- GSUVM1 -dot- BITNET
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 1994 18:23:31 EST

Some thoughts about telecommuting, flex time, and technical communicators:

o Most studies on telecommuting professionals find that they at least as
productive, and often more productive, than their colleagues in the

Managers fear, however, that out of sight means that the telecommuters
are sitting at home, eating bon bons and watching Days of Our Lives and
that office-based workers must be inherently more productive because
someone is always watching them. The fear is generally unfounded in fact
but organizations have had difficulty erasing it all the same.

o You would measure the productivity of a home-based worker in the same way
that you measure the productivity of an office-based worker: by output.
Is the communicator is able to make deadlines? How has the quality of
drafts been affected? Are reviewers finding fewer or more errors?

o You might contact Jeanne Allen with Sprint in Kansas City for more
information. Jeanne manages a co

Saul Carliner Ph.D. Student
Instructional Technology Geo. State Univ.
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