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Telecommuting a reality for many workers

  • Remote workers, including Denise Zimmer (middle) with Corinne Chronopoulos (right), met for a brown bag lunch at the Peterborough Town Library on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Work-at-home professionals, entrepreneurs and freelance workers met for a brown bag lunch at the Peterborough Town Library on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Remote workers, including Denise Zimmer (middle) with Corinne Chronopoulos (right), met for a brown bag lunch at the Peterborough Town Library. Staff photo by Brandon Latham



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, October 10, 2016 6:42PM

When Denise Zimmer moved from Indiana to Peterborough, she was willing to give up her job to live in New Hampshire.

It turned out that she did not have to. The company, Indiana Knitware based in Greenfield, Indiana, offered for her to continue working remotely.

“I was prepared to quit my job but my employer suggested I work from home,” she said.

Zimmer moved east when her husband got a job in Milford at Hitchiner Manufacturing.

Because so much of her work was being done online, connecting the Midwest office with its manufacturer in Guatemala and remote employees, she was able to keep what she describes as a good job and remain a two-income family.

She is not alone among Peterborough residents in working from home. In June, the Peterborough Town Library launched a group for remote workers to socialize and network at brown bag lunches.

The group was initiated by Corinne Chronopoulos, the library director.

“There’s a concern with bringing business into Peterborough, so we want it to be driven by these people work swapping in a social space, learning about other business and opportunities,” Chronopoulos said.

Remote workers rely on a web connection to keep their jobs.

“All the information from me to our U.S. office to Guatemala relies on the internet,” Zimmer said.

“We try to put all our data and information in this software system.”

Zimmer said her primary mode of communication is not the phone, it is chatting on Skype, which allows for free international calls.

She also said she spends most of her workday downloading items and resorting them in an online system. “Right now it’s like my whole job,” she said.

Her current project includes working with Nike on its NBA contract, and she often works with UnderArmour.

“I start checking my email in the morning but I try not to check it outside my 8 to 5 working hours,” she said. “But part of it is that you’re always sort of working.”

Brandon Latham can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or blatham@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @blathamMLT.