Giants Go Remote

Shopify and Twitter are now going fully remote for at least the near future. It seems like remote work has finally made the jump from being adopted by innovators to mainstream adoption. That’s good news for people — sometimes. Not all remote companies are awesome. Some put more restrictions on their employees or require more “employee surveillance”.

There needs to be a major shift in culture at work toward trust and empowerment. Without it, companies will continue in the trend toward rigidity and control, squeezing the very life out of their employees. You can help bring this change, even if you’re not a leader.

  1. Manage yourself so someone else doesn’t have to. Use your productivity systems to stay on track and on top of the work you do.
  2. Build trust by communicating well. Overcommunicate if possible. Don’t leave your boss wondering, “I wonder what they’re up to…”
  3. Treat others with trust. Modeling trust is the way to build trust as a culture, especially if you’re a leader.

Remote work can be great, but it takes some effort to change a company’s culture to make it so.

Releases

[Remotely Working] 5: Scatterfocus - A Focus Superpower — Deep work is the core habit of leveraging focus, but what about when you run out of energy? At max, you have energy for around 4 hours of quality deep work per day. What can you do to manage your attention and focus well outside of those hours?

[Video] The Best Non-Nerdy Note Apps — Roam Research is a leader in networking thoughts together in a software, but what if you don’t want to use it? What are your alternatives that aren’t super nerdy or require a lot of investment?

[Process] 60: Writing as Thinking — Justin makes a big fail on YouTube live, and discusses how Roam Research has impacted his life since digging in further.

Resources

Seth Godin - I’ve Dealt With This Before — Key Takeaway: There’s a difference between strong opinion and experience. Experience has more value because it’s been there before.

Michael Hyatt - Digital/Analog/Hybrid — Key Takeaway: Use analog and digital tools for things they’re good at. You don’t have to live in one world or the other.

Basecamp — Howe We Communicate — Key Takeaway: Written communication always comes first. Five people in a one hour meeting = five hour meeting. Be aware of the tradeoffs.