Just Be Kind

computer-1209641_1920Working from home is my normal. I’ve been doing it for most of the last 20 years.

It can become your normal too. My greatest concern about it, though, is that managers will continue to hold their knowledge workers to the same productivity metrics they’ve been subjected to as in-office workers, because those managers don’t know what other metrics to use. I urge realism about measurement during this interval. Your best contributors in the office are likely to be your best contributors at home, if they get the right support. Some people you haven’t thought of as remarkable up to now may just show you their true colors in the next few weeks. In any case, don’t assume you’re going to see normal numbers for a while.

Many of those who are tense about working remotely are most concerned about being out of sight/out of mind. Understand that very normal concern now, and build frequent check-ins — and reassurance — into your management routine.

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