March 8, 2020

Remote Friendly

As our current public health situation becomes more threatening, there have been a lot of conversations around people being forced to take part in remote work. As someone who has worked remotely in the past, I have experienced the ups and downs of being a remote worker. After thinking of some of the issues I had experienced, I wanted to know who was implementing the processes required for successful remote work the right way.

Emily Campbell responded with her thoughts on Invision and used a term I had never considered. Remote-friendly” was a concept that I had never encountered, but I feel it perfectly described the remote situations I had been in previously.

Having worked for companies that had a very defined and personalized in-person culture as a remote worker, I have found that remote-friendly is often friendly for the business but not the worker. Remote workers can become floating heads in Google Hangouts, and have to use deep work time to establish a presence” in virtual spaces that are otherwise established effortlessly for in-person workers.

Remote-friendly can be isolating. It can establish you as a satellite employee as opposed to the core member of a team. In doing so, it can deeply affect the way you view yourself as a critical part of the business. The need to constantly be seen” takes energy away from creative tasks and places a unique burden on the remote worker. The business rarely feel obligated to take extra efforts to relieve this burden, as it’s often seen as the worker’s choice to be remote.

If you’re considering establishing a remote culture, I would consider Emily’s words. Are you ready to take on the responsibility of being remote-friendly? To do it effectively, you might want your north star to be remote-centered.”

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