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    So, y’all, this WSJ hit piece on remote work that’s going around this morning? (wsj.com/articles/the-b…) Let’s talk. /1

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    Every time a big employer calls folks back to the office, some biz writer thinks that means remote work is dying. Every time. /2

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    This piece at least gets the “remote workers are more productive” part right, but still spends most of its words arguing against remote. /3

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    Most of the reasons are stupid. “Managers want their teams within view” = lazy butt-in-seat management. /4

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    “willing to trade some efficiency for the serendipity that office-based conversations might yield” = unwilling to work at communication /5

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    @dhh/@jasonfried argue in “Remote” that this spontaneity happens best in bursts when you see each other face to face only periodically. /6

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    We had great remote culture at WellMatch (RIP). Our offsites were something special. Closest team I’ve ever been on to this day. /7

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    Want to know why remote work keeps “failing”? Companies and crappy managers expect workers to bear the burden. /8

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    There are tradeoffs involved, *absolutely*! But when a company invests in getting distributed work right, it can be incredible! /9

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    Mgmt. consultant in the piece says “I like my co-located team better than my [remote] team, but the work gets done just as well”. /10

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    That’s it in a nutshell. If you decide to go distributed, your leaders have to get behind it or it’ll fail. Workers can’t do it alone. /11

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    And if you have even one remote employee? You’re distributed. Get on building that culture or you’ll build castaway island instead! /12

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    Really, it all just comes back to building inclusive culture. It’s the same things required for underindexed folks to thrive. /13

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    Lots of empathy & intentionality. Hiring remote managers vs. only workers. Hearing/trusting their experiences and trying to do better. /14

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    So, if you want remote/distributed to work, invest in being inclusive. It’ll make your company better across the board! /15

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    And if your company fails at remote, quit blaming the people who work for you! Leaders have to shepherd and hire for the culture! /16

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    tl;dr Remote work can work really well, but it takes intentionality. It won’t just happen. Leaders, do the work! /end

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