Working successfully outside the cube



How to make being a remote worker and supporting remote workers successful in an organization.


There is a growing trend in the IT industry to have employees who work outside the confines of a traditional office. This enables companies to save money on office space and furniture, and be able to attract talent that is in a different geographical region than they are located in. But there are lots of challenges to this as well, such as being able to collaborate with remote workers and making them feel “part of the team”, which can be challenging. In this talk, I’ll draw upon my own personal experiences of being a “cube” worker and being a successful remote employee, and talk about the challenges and benefits and how to best implement this in your organization.

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    John Mertic



    John Mertic is a senior software engineer and serves as the partner and community developer liaison at SugarCRM, having several years of experience with PHP web applications. At SugarCRM, he has specialized in data integration, mobile and user interface architecture. An avid writer, he has been published in php|architect, IBM Developerworks, and in the Apple Developer Connection, and is the author of the book ‘The Definitive Guide to SugarCRM: Better Business Applications’. He has also contributed to many open source projects, most notably the PHP project where is the creator and maintainer of the PHP Windows Installer.