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Discussion on: The Perils of Remote Work

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Julien Maury

Fantastic write, Adam!
Indeed it's not meant for everybody, but it should be a fundamental right for anybody when the job allows it.

In my experience, it requires more than goodwill. Whether it's the employer/manager or the dev, you need specific skills. Even if you, as a developer, are extra good at what you do and conscientious, it's not that easy/natural for your manager/employer, so I appreciate you write about the culture. It's key!!

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Adam Nathaniel Davis Author

but it should be a fundamental right for anybody when the job allows it

I don't personally agree with this, but I get your gist. I think it's unwise to ban remote work. But IMHO the employer is paying the salary, and as such, they have the right to decide on the work arrangement/environment that works best for their preferred style of doing business.

you need specific skills

Couldn't agree with this more. This was just a general, 10,000-foot view kinda article. But there are a lotta specific things - skills - that you should have to be an effective remote worker. Same goes for the employer.

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Julien Maury

they have the right to decide on the work arrangement/environment that works best for their preferred style of doing business

Indeed, it's actually included when I say "when the job allows it" but that was unclear. My point is you are still free to quit your job if nothing justifies the "0% remote work".

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DarkWiiPlayer

it should be a fundamental right for anybody when the job allows it

When does a job "allow" remote working though? When processes are built around people being physically present, how much change is acceptable?

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Julien Maury

it can make sense to change but it's not that easy if everything relies on people being physically present. It takes time and efforts, maybe specific training.

Nevertheless, it's not impossible, and process are not immutable.