Have you seen HR Nasty's latest blog? My first thought was "oh no he DIDN'T!!" then I thought, ok – maybe he's
right. But I'm right too. I've been in a mostly remote position for about 3 weeks. I've worked from home in the past, and I've worked for companies and bosses clear on the other side of the country. I've also been in environments where not only were you expected to be in the office, you were expected to be there from 7 am to 5 pm at a minimum. (I'll NEVER go back to light industrial staffing. EVER) Am I an expert on this stuff? Of course not, but who is? We all view these concepts through the filter of our own experience. Keep that in mind before you start dogging Marissa Mayer about recalling Yahoo! employees back to the office. For those drinking the Ms. Mayer haterade - if you're so smart why didn't Yahoo! hire YOU to come turn them around? I for one agree with her position. I can't help but laugh at recruiters who get all excited about this; circling like sharks and salivating over all the great talent they're going to steal from Yahoo!. You think the GOOD ONES are going to leave over this? Maybe a few… but a lot of the tech roles I source for work in the office or lab or whatever anyway. I'm willing to bet for every grumbly employee that's pissed off about being forced into the office, there's probably two more that are saying it's about damn time. But I digress… Back to Mr. Nasty's blog and my promised rebuttal.
Mr. Nasty makes a very valid point about career growth, visibility, and the risks run by those of us who choose to, as he puts it, set up "a 40 hour a week base camp in your spare room so you can work in your PJ’s". (I have not yet worked in my PJs. I feel like I'm missing something terribly fun and an important work-at-home rite of passage). So rather than give you a regurgitated list of Five Very Critical Things To Do In Order To Be Productive, I'm going to tell you MY plan, and how neatly it refutes yet supports my good friend's blog post.
You don't have to have an office with your name on the door to be a critical part of the team. I've seen "in-office" workers in previous companies lose out on opportunities to the virtual go-getter who had a mission and a plan. Working "in-office" has nothing on the hungry virtual kid ready to eat your lunch. Don't wait for opportunity to stroll down your hallway – go after it, no matter where you sit.