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Working Remotely: Working for IT or Not?

  
  
  
  
  

workingfromhomeDoes your company encourage working remotely? It’s curious that with the myriad of excellent communication devices available today that telecommuting isn’t the norm in every office. But, while the ability to work remotely is increasing for many job functions, it happens considerably less in IT. Why is that?

The very nature of many IT jobs—hands-on, collaborative, problem solving—lends itself to being in the office in person. Being out of the office means you don’t get the benefit of being face to face with your co-workers, which could strain relationships. In addition, it’s hard to create rules around responsiveness—should you answer every IM within a few minutes or be available by phone every minute, all day? Furthermore, setting aside the time to build the infrastructure to enable people to access servers and files remotely is not easy.

How does your organization handle this issue? Do your IT workers work remotely? Why or why not?