Remember back in 2013, when an employee (Bob) outsourced his job and was fired?
Before being fired, Bob was considered a ‘model employee’, his work was above par, his code was clean, well-written, and submitted in a timely fashion. Quarter after quarter, Bob’s performance review noted him as the best developer in the building.
In many ways, Bob was a 'man before his time'. He chose to spend one-fifth of his salary to free up his life, reduce his stress, and ensure he hit his targets. Companies in 2013 had different criteria, they liked to ‘keep an eye’ on who was doing the work, for both productivity and security reasons.
With the pandemic hitting in 2020, and most people working from home, ‘keeping an eye’ on people seems less important, and keeping employees healthy, and well-balanced with manageable stress is much more so. Security will remain a concern, but solutions have been found for that.
The future is NOW, and smart companies have already embraced the concept of a distributed workforce. Microsoft, for example, has announced that working from home is a permanent solution for most of its employees. But is the office dead?
Ninety percent of employees surveyed; said they never want to return to the office full-time again. At the same time, people are missing the community aspect of work and some are experiencing increasing stress from juggling home and work duties.
The solution is to rethink the office. Here are seven things to ponder:
I wonder what happened to Bob?
Bob showed a high degree of self-leadership in organizing his work to meet both his work commitments and his lifestyle requirements.
The definition of self-leadership is the practice of intentionally influencing your thinking, feeling, and actions toward your objectives. (Bryant & Kazan 2012)
Bob broke the rules and suffered the consequences, but I think we need a dose of Bob’s thinking to build a new hybrid between remote and office working.
Private Equity and Venture Capital firms will certainly be looking favorably at start-ups that can cut costs and increase efficiency by starting with a hybrid distributed workforce.
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