Opinion: The Remote Work Paradigm

Tony Stark once said “Following’s not really my style.” As we have seen in the months leading up to this post, a large portion of the workforce is thinking along the same lines.

As of the writing of this post the world is tentatively reopening, people are being allowed back into offices and around other people in general (Gasp!). When the world was forced to work remotely (where able) in early 2020, many people who had never experienced that circumstance discovered they liked it. Here are a few reasons why:

  • No commute: less stress/anxiety/general life problems like dealing with road construction, weather, car issues, ass-hats who think they drive better than you, etc.

  • More flexibility: fifteen minutes between meetings? Toss in a load of laundry or do something else that would have been put off until the weekend.

  • More time: Without a commute or the requirement to be at a desk at an office even when there’s nothing to do, people have been able to spend time doing MORE overall.

Here are my thoughts on remote work in general and why it is important to both individuals and organizations to continue to let people work remotely in as much of a capacity as possible.

  • Working remotely should not be a single leader’s choice: In fact, the choice should not belong to just the leadership team. Everyone should be involved in deciding what the remote work rules are. Want to know why people jump ship and leave companies in huge droves? Often it is because leadership is making mandates that are very misaligned with the desires of their workforce.