3 Apr
It’s been challenging to stand by in the recent debate over remote workers. Frankly, I didn’t have a full-time nanny, on-site nursery and the means to outsource every aspect of my personal life when I had a child. I bet most of us don’t. Yet for many years, I’ve pounded out millions of words of content, conducted thousands of conference calls, managed too many vendors and contractors to count and generally given my clients great results — all while working from a home office with set hours, very few distractions and a lot of discipline.
Given all the tools available, it’s ridiculous that we’ve slid into a 1950s factory mentality at work that “if your manager can’t see you in your cube, you probably aren’t working.” How enlightened. And motivating.
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It’s been challenging to stand by in the recent debate over remote workers. Frankly, I didn’t have a full-time nanny, on-site nursery and the means to outsource every aspect of my personal life when I had a child. I bet most of us don’t. Yet for many years, I’ve pounded out millions of words of content, conducted thousands of conference calls, managed too many vendors and contractors to count and generally given my clients great results — all while working from a home office with set hours, very few distractions and a lot of discipline.

Given all the tools available, it’s ridiculous that we’ve slid into a 1950s factory mentality at work that “if your manager can’t see you in your cube, you probably aren’t working.” How enlightened. And motivating.

Photo courtesy of http://fistfuloftalent.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/cube-farm-600x320.jpg