18 Sep Be a more thoughtful remote boss
Are you the best remote boss you could be?
People in leadership positions have had to make a deft switch to leading remotely. By now, you probably have a rhythm and system down. But if remote work is going to continue to be a norm at your company, now is the time to rethink it a bit.
For instance, with most data showing that employees are working more hours from home than they were in an office, everyone is at risk of burnout. If you’re responding to emails at 11 p.m., you’re effectively telling your team that “work never stops.” As a leader, it’s your job to set a precedent by signing off email when work hours are over.
Of course, if you’re with your children during the work day, you might need that valuable time to catch up late at night. This is where the adjective “thoughtful” comes in. For instance, you could schedule the emails you write late at night to automatically send at 9 a.m. Or you could simply include a signature disclaimer about your “unique” schedule.
Every leader I work with is finding their own way right now. And everyone’s situation is unique. Finding remote rhythms that work for you and your team is essential going forward.
By Michael Barros, Managing Partner, Prestige Scientific