When Work is Not Where You Go, But What You Do!

I wrote a post about this earlier, but it didn't make the move when I switched over to Blogger. The topic is worth recycling. For salaried employees and for many roles in any company the notion of having to be in the office 8-5, 5 days a week to get your job done is antiquated.

A common counter-argument, particularly if you occupy a leadership position with people reporting to you, is that you need to be present perhaps some would say omnipresent. While I agree with this to an extent in that you need to be present for some time during a week, more importantly you need to be available. Available to employees if you have people reporting to you, available to teams members and available to your boss when specified.

I do find it intriguing when most say the backbone of their organization is the sales force and in many national organizations the sales force is spread out across the country and work remotely.
Are sales reps genetically coded to be more responsible and harder working than others? Many marketing projects require distributed work teams where being face-to-face is simply not possible.

As it relates to interactive work, a common example is executing a marketing program with a global colleague that I may see once a year, if I am lucky, a development team in Chicago, a creative team in any number of cities and a hosting partner in Europe. Amazingly, through talented individuals, diligence, strong methodology and processes projects get completed successfully on a weekly and monthly basis. It is possible. I'll touch on tools and processes that have been successful in a future posts.

Best Buy has experimented with this results driven approach with a high degree of satisfaction and you can find related information with Tim Ferris' best-selling book The 4-Hour Workweek and in Mavericks at Work.

In a working age where efficiency and effectiveness rules the day, doesn't this seem like it is more efficient? While it takes discipline from all parties, I see this type of work model becoming increasingly viable and popular as the distinction of "work" and "home" continues to get blurred.
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