The Ultimate Remote Work Policy (In 3 Words)

Pim de Morree
Written by Pim de Morree March 18, 2020

With corona virus hitting the world, it seems impossible to open a browser or app without remote work tips being shoved down your throat. From the random corners of the internet all kinds of self-proclaimed experts share 'ideas' as if they were rocket science.

Three little words

Screw the so-called tips. The one thing you need to do well as an organization is summed up in policy that looks like this: "We trust you."

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We trust you. That's all. There's nothing more to it. Support your staff in whatever it is they need and stop treating them like kids.

Remote micromanagement at work

If you're looking for a great example of what trust does  not  look like, here's inspiration from the Wall Street Journal...

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And this is a company with highly educated journalists covering the world's most complex topics? Asking staff to let their manager know when they are about to take a dump?

The Ultimate Remote Work Policy (In 3 Words)
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It becomes painfully clear we have a long way to go to turn organizations into liberated, engaging, and inspiring workplaces!

There is another approach

For positive inspiration, it's always a good idea to look at the guys and girls at Basecamp. Here's a proper approach to a crisis like this:

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In other words: "We trust you".

Nothing reveals character like a crisis. As many organizations are in the midst of crisis right now, what examples (good and bad) have you come across?

Drop them in the comments below.

Written by Pim de Morree
Pim de Morree
As co-founder of Corporate Rebels I focus on: researching, writing, speaking, and building our company.
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