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SNACK VERSION

  • Public relations consultant with a focus on IT communication
  • Teleworking/telecommuting expert
  • Sailing lover and French Navy reserve officer
  • I speak: French, Mexican Spanish, Austrian German and French English
  • Amateur photographer

LONG(ER) VERSION

My name is Nicolas Martin and this is my blog.

As a (public relations) consultant, I have fortunately had, thanks to my PR agency in Paris, the possibility to adapt my working environment and habits to my personal needs, which in other terms means: “I can work from home (or anywhere in the world)!”

Though at the beginning teleworking was only a way to improve my quality of live and challenge those people who did not believe in working from anywhere but from an office, it has turned today into a real philosophy and an absolute necessity to live the life I ever wanted to have (without having to compulsorily become a novel writer…).

Outside of work, I’m an avid skier and sailor, amateur photographer and new technologies/design lover. I hate love to wake-up at 5.30 on the week-end to go to the flea-market.

ABOUT THIS BLOG

This blog is principally meant to testify (as I am one of the living proof that you can work from home and be more efficient than anyone else doing the same things from an open-space office) on my telecommuting/teleworking experience and to share tips to help other improve this experience.

There are today plenty of technology tools, software and hardware, that make telecommuting possible, and so easy to implement for the average worker. So this would be too bad if I wouldn’t share my experience and tips with all of those who are interested in telecommuting!

My blog is a space on which I’m sharing my very own experience of telecommuting, the challenged I faced while setting it up (more social than organizational) and those technologies I use, which are the only remaining links to the “outer world”.

I, me and myself

me, myself and I

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5 Comments

  1. I think you have chosen an excellent theme – it’s original, it’s contemporary, it’s fascinating, and a lot of people can identify themselves with it.

    I am very much looking forward to hear about the tools of your trade – specifically, the technology (what gadgets and services do you use to maintain a constant presence?) and the logistics of being mobile (how do you travel? What happens when clients want to meet you?).

    I really like it!!

    • @ Christian: thanks for your feedback and ideas! it’s very encouraging to see that the theme of “mobile worker” echoes among other tech lovers! I will of course dedicate some posts to the technologies and tools I daily use to make this “mobile experience” really efficient and enjoyable and share my very own experience of airline companies! Stay tuned via RSS!

  2. Dear Cousin,
    Your blog is clever and well design. As an old HR Rep’s, I would love to read comments on your experience working in a virtual office and the relationship you can create with your peers, coworkers and clients.
    I am convinced that in the future, we could (or should) work virtually but in the same time I strongly beleive that nothing could replace real contacts in order to stay efficient and speed up his own career. Am I wrong? I don’t know at all, I do not have enough virtual experience.
    I wish you “Bon Vent” in your up coming trip around the seas. Leave us some news and pictures.
    Cheers,
    Tonio.

    • @ Antoine: Hey cousin! Thanks for your input :) I indeed think that it would be great to have you regularly comment my telecommuting experience from your HR point of view. As you probably know, one of the major issue that slows down the development of teleworking in France (and I’d extend this to most “Latin” countries like Italy and Spain) according to analysts, is the lack of faith of employers in their employees, as in France we’re unfortunately still thinking that the latest you stay at the office, the more you work (which you know is not true). The day we’ll move to a more “result oriented” approach where only achievements are evaluated whatever means you used (aka “you worked from home and did your job quicker and better than working from the office”) then I think that telecommuting will spread to the masses (well, I’m referring to the 25% of the population which could actually work from home).
      However, it is true that telecommuting 100% of your time when you were early used to working from an open space or regular office, may bring some social drawbacks, like slowly being put away from the group (“you missed the joke of the day”), miss opportunities to win a promotion or get a salary raise, get bored only working from home, or have one single mistake immediately points to the fact that you’re telecommuting…
      I think we have a lot to learn from our Scandinavian and US counterparts who successfully implemented this way of improving your quality of life (and not only working!). But I’ll come back in upcoming posts, to this more social aspect for telecommuting.

  3. PS : I love the picture you posted


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