Terry – this is a great topic! I’m a consultant for a federal agency and, as part of my contract, I’m allowed/strongly encouraged to continue work from home even when my client is not. I echo the “three cheers for remote work” comment and so does my management consulting firm, Corner Alliance! I love having the flexibility to work from home and find I’m more efficient. In fact, I just wrote a blog on it.
That being said, I feel increasingly frustrated at canceled meetings and the lack of (or delayed) communication with my client/team members in these instances. It’s assumed consultants will power through short set backs such as these to maintain momentum for the client. In most cases, however, that is difficult without equal participation. I’d be interested to hear what others think about this conundrum and how we can improve it?
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