I wrote about some of our fumbles and false starts with distributed teams, as well as why it's important (and why you should do it too). 🌷🌈
"It turns out that when you make the workplace safe for remote workers, it’s better for *everyone*. Once you have decoupled “doing work” from “being in a set place at a set time,” everybody gets more flexibility"
...and this translates into more productivity and happiness.
"It also forces managers to be more outcome oriented when evaluating employees’ productivity"
Not using "I can see them at their desk" as a proxy for impact has a million cascading ripple effects, and all of them are good.
You don't have to do distributed perfectly in order to go distributed. You just need to commit to dogged, continuous, incremental improvement.
People will complain. Boy, will they complain. This is good. This means it matters.
And finally... If you are a startup, going distributed will push you to grow up a bit faster. Distributed folks cannot run on the fumes of informalities and laissez-faire social cues. They need some structure and process to function.
This is a gift, even if you detest it.
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