The 1st Principle of Working Remote
It’s not just about your flexibility. It’s about everyone’s.
When we look at the big picture working remotely is relatively new. It didn’t happen much 20 years ago and our organization’s acceptance of remote work has doubled in just the last 10 years. Remote work has been effectively sprung upon us and its changing the way we think about and even define what work is. Even having to add the ‘remotely’ to ‘working remotely’ tells us we haven’t universally redefined ‘work’ from its old, industrial era location-based meaning.
Working remote is to have freedom to put your energy where and when it can have the most impact. This freedom is new to our era and it means that we who work remotely are the stewards of its growth.
The 1st Principle of Working Remote:
Lead the movement.
The cardinal sin of remote work is to seek the independence for what it can do for us. To seek more rights, freedom, and responsibility are great especially if, in controlling these things, we can generate higher quality work. The issue is when we look at it through the lens of how our life is improved through working remotely rather than how those we deliver for are benefiting.
If we believe working remotely is taking freedom back in how we work then it is in our best interest to underscore to the organizations we deliver for why it is that our way of working is better. When we empower ourselves and seek freedoms in how we work, we break the ice. Our responsibility then becomes to clear the floes from behind us so others can follow in our wake.
The organizations we work for are seeing a higher quality of work from us because of the control we exert on working the way we want to. When this is coupled to the understanding of why we work the way we do, we clear that ice out from behind us. We have to lead the movement and allow our employers and clients to join in breaking the ice with us. It’s not enough to let quality work speak for itself — great work is always the expectation.
Working remotely is a form of empowerment. So raise the expectations, educate and lead the movement.
We are the stewards of the new way of working.
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