Working remotely often

When living in a hotspot of technology, people at times made derogatory remarks about the large valley further east, an agricultural area: Countryside, farm workers, language skills of immigrants, education, unemployment, substance abuse, woe is me!

Today I am trying to alleviate prejudice against where we now live, with a compilation of unpremeditated recordings made with a phone outside our home on a Saturday morning in spring 2015.

Can you find the ladybug?

Contrary to the dreaminess of these recordings, this ain’t lazy folks’ country. I made and maintain over a mile of trails this was recorded on, some cut into rocky hillsides. This weekend off work a neighbor in his 70s was voluntarily mowing along a common road because he wants it looking nice. In contrast, a well-known IT company sent street recording cars in the driest months, and makes it look less than what we know it to be. Even in dry months, if e.g. you’re out on a bicycle at sunrise, life abounds.

Difficult to list many wonderful people and their deeds. As an outstanding example, for when a tree fell on a power line and started a fire through the neighborhood, I want to express thanks to many firefighters, including local volunteers, who have responded. To be sure: We have built and try to maintain our place in ways to minimize risk to life and property – it would be wrong to feel entitled to be saved.

Life is thought to initially have formed in places of contrast: Where ocean and land met, high and low tides, water and air, day and night. I’d like to think a contrast of peace and challenges propels me to create … better or more innovative product and processes.

Alas, a new rule apparently has spread in said hotspot of technology: Everybody must be in the office five days a week, same hours, no exceptions. Didn’t we spend twenty years developing technology enabling people to work together from anywhere?

If theorizing on electronic media consumption having had and still having a detrimental effect on people’s ability to work better I might offend people I would be working for or doing business with. In fact, media might only be one contributing factor.

Increased complexity of systems probably is another factor.

To better deal with complexity I would like to further develop tools and methodology for which I have created the Adj framework to be a building block.

Is this video clip an advertisement for my creativity in engineering? Is this post an ad for the right to work remotely?

I should acknowledge, there are people in cities that do good work. You don’t always see them, at least not at first, as they’re often busy.

Maybe out here I find more time to think about more aspects and points of view. Better at times, not always, yet often by diversity a good contribution to a company’s success.

I didn’t have time to write this. More engineering to do. But now you know where I live.

The title reads “working remotely often” to avoid a wrong impression a company wouldn’t see me ever. “Often” better describes ideal conditions than “sometimes”, “many days”, or “most days”. The frequency of working remotely should depend on the nature of work, project and people involvement.

This isn’t to allow laziness. This is to achieve productivity, quality, and innovation – sustainably.

An earlier post about quality of work while working remotely often: Done implausibly well – rejected.

One Response to Working remotely often

  1. Bruce Winningham says:

    You’ve hit the nail on the head. Working remotely can and does increase creativity and productivity. In my case, the increases are directly related to a decrease in commuting hours (with an attendant decrease in stress). Another factor that allows high performance is our well maintained communications infrastructure; internet service is provided by a family owned company that focuses on service rather than finding new ways to get more money for less service (a universal complaint of my city bound coworkers).

    For me, the ability to work remotely serves to strengthen the bonds I have with my peers and builds a stronger commitment to my employer.

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