This was all pretty sudden, wasn’t it?
The world is changing before our eyes. Plans you made for 2020, poef gone.
We now experience an experiment that no one asked for; working from home.
I always believed ‘remote work’ was the future. I never understood micromanagement or the idea that a manager decides for an employee how and when they should work.
The reason why we work from home is something to be scared of. But it is a new reality, at least for now.
Why use this time to think differently about how we should work, how communities are being built, and how we live life.
The most important and consistent variable we focus on for centuries is the time spend in the office, instead of focusing on the output.
Week in week out, we focus sitting in the same place from nine to five in an environment where most of us have no (or minimal) influence on.
I’m not making the argument that this is a bad thing. I’m only asking; Does it needs to be like this or, is there a different way?
And if, Where should we focus on?
A company’s cultures should be built around trust and freedom. Not micromanagement and useless meetings.
Even now, with people working from home, I hear that people are in conference calls all day. Why? How do you get any work done that is important for you and the company.
Interruptions are the enemy of productivity, give people time to think.
Time is a key component to formulate a complete thought.
Use this time to evaluate and experiment with new routines, new ways of working.
Ask yourself; what will work for me?
Remote work needs a mind shift.
Don’t simulate the (old) office situation. Then you will not experience the advantages of working remotely. Re-think the way you work.
Rules are essential for creating freedom, it sounds like a paradox, but it isn’t.
Without any rules, everything is insecure. How do I communicate with my team, when does my manager call me, when is something urgent, when isn’t… etc, etc.
Everyone on the team must have the same expectations; this creates peace and a calm environment.
Then you can plan your day in detail (and you should) and trust that you can finish everything before diner.
Nothing is more annoying to get distracted with the unknown with the result that you feel tired by the end of the day looking at your to-do list with unfinished items.
Your hard work now resulted in feeling lost, instead of feeling satisfied that you’ve accomplished something.
At MOIJ we communicate asynchronous most of the time. This means if you send someone a message, you don’t expect an answer right away.
We design our week in such a way that a direct answer is never necessary.
We were forced to work like this because of the different timezones we work in. This rule made us super productive and gave everyone flexibility.