Sorry, but that’s not actually true. A lot of people *themselves* mistake activity for productivity, which leads to two things you often hear:
“I’m really overworked, and now I’m working 8am to 8pm or later sometimes. And you want me to add a commute into that, do the same work, and get paid the same? Take a hike”.
A: No. we want you to do *less work*, while still achieving the output we care about. Please stop arranging (time-slotted) Zoom calls for stuff that could have been sorted in an eight minute face-to-face chat. Think about it: when did you last have an *hours in-person conversation* to sort out an issue? Even *half an hour*?
But it’s also: Zoom calls are “meetings”, and meetings generate “actions”. Like “make a spreadsheet to analyse X”. What would people have done thirty years ago? They’d have pondered for a bit, made a decision, and that’s that. No spreadsheet done. Zero “work”. The most efficient code you will ever write is lines you don’t write. Work is like that too. But remote work means meetings which means formalised admin. That’s a killer.
“I’m getting all the work done. And quicker than I would with interruptions. Leave me alone”.
A: No, you got all the *lines of code written* that we asked for. But does that make a great product? Remember, if all we wanted was the screenful of code that we asked for, we could have had that done in India at half the price. *Your Job is not writing lines of code*. Your job is making a great product.
And even more importantly, the job of your team is coming up with the *next* great product. What I see an awful lot of…..is products and projects *completed* during the pandemic. New ones started? Not so much. Home workers are in serious danger of reaching the end of their “assigned work”, turning to their boss and asking where the next one is only to hear “well, there doesn’t seem to be any, no market for it, bad economy mumble mumble, redundancy”.
The economy isn’t bad, not even with pending nuclear war. But the remote workers have completed the work in pipeline, while shirking the *responsibility* to ensure their company has an ongoing business. “Not my responsibility”? Fine. Then get made redundant as the company goes broke. But you can’t go sheltering under another tree indefinitely, the storm made all the trees wet.