CivicActions in Information Week: ‘Welcome Remote Workers’

Information WeekAre distributed teams just as effective, connected, and productive as traditional office-based teams?

CivicActions’ John O’Duinn, a civic technology leader, author, and expert on remote teams, says yes — and then some.

In an interview with Information Week, O’Duinn explains the benefits gained by tech companies that are willing to hire remote workers. He also explains the importance of creating processes and systems that allow remote workers to do their best work and feel connected to other people in the organization.

From the article:

“Do you want to hire the exact ‘best’ person for the job, or do you want to hire the best person who is willing to relocate?” asks [O’Duinn] . . . “That’s a huge difference. Why do I care about people coming to an office anyway if the first thing they do is get on a video call with someone at a different office?”

[O’Duinn is] in the process of writing a new book on the topic called Distributed Teams, in addition to his new job at CivicActions, which he says is a fully distributed company with no office, and is hiring right now.

Read the full article: Create An All-Star Tech Team: Welcome Remote Workers

2018-03-27T10:16:27+00:00 Categories: Culture, Press|Tags: , |

About the Author:

Melinda is a writer and content strategist who joined CivicActions in 2015 to help get all the right words into all the right places. She loves using storytelling to highlight the value of civic tech in the lives of citizens, bringing out the heart and soul behind the digital transformation projects that make the world a better place. She is responsible for content creation, editing, research, publication, organization, and promotion on a variety of web and social media platforms — ensuring that content is user-friendly and relevant.

Melinda brings bright enthusiasm and a passion for humanity to every project. Whether helping a technologist transfer a concept into laymen’s terms or crafting a story about a project achievement, she is happiest when someone exclaims, “That is exactly what I was trying to say!”  

In conjunction with her work at CivicActions, Melinda has provided project management, content strategy, and administration efforts for Agile Government Leadership (AGL), a community of civic professionals promoting the use of agile methods in government. She also helps foster community engagement and provides engaging content for the DKAN open data project.

Prior to joining CivicActions, Melinda was a freelance writer and content strategist for a variety of clients in the civic tech space, including DotGov (providing mobile apps to governments), PageFreezer (providing website and social media archiving to agencies), and Urban Interactive Studio (providing outreach and engagement tools for public processes).

Melinda is currently living in an Airstream motorhome with her partner and three young kids, adventuring around the U.S.A. and seeking out as many trees and oceans as possible. She has a deep appreciation for avocados, her kids’ artwork, Instagram, clever science-y blogs with stick figure illustrations, and craft beer.