2013 Working Together, Far Apart
New technologies have expanded the possibilities for remote work like never before within the AAUP community. Video conferencing, paperless processes, and sophisticated online data management tools all have the potential to close the distance between presses and their remote employees. Telecommuting is not without its critics, however, including Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who recently ended Yahoo's popular work-from-home program, citing the company's need for increased collaboration and innovation. This panel will look at the benefits and potential drawbacks of enabling remote work, whether temporary or permanent, as well as the best practices for telecommuting staff to keep remote working relationships positive and productive. Topics will include developing telecommuting plans, accountability, maintaining communication, and troubleshooting remote work situations as well as ways for presses to become more flexible in their operations to accommodate remote workers. Panelists will discuss the challenges, surprises, and new opportunities that arise as presses adapt to this changing workplace dynamic.
Chair: Larin McLaughlin, Senior Editor, University of Illinois Press
Panelists: Allyson Carter, Editor-in-Chief, University of Arizona Press
Rachael Levay, Marketing and Sales Director, University of Washington Press
Mary Kate Maco, Publicity and Public Relations Manager, Stanford University Press
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