There was a time when I didn’t have any employees. In fact, there was a time when I was an employee.
So I know what it’s like to pretend to be busy, to inflate my productivity in reports, etc.
Now I have employees. Normally, I’m a real laid back kind of guy. I don’t like to micro-manage. I like to let artists do their work, unbridled.
But here’s the thing. I can’t shake the deep feeling that web professionals have this nasty habit of faking commitment. You know why? Because I used to fake commitment when I was working for people.
So let’s paint my picture of paranoia (I’m normally not like this, seriously). We’ll lay out the facts:
1. Working online removes temporal boundaries
The web professional can work at 2am just as easily as 8am. This is great. But it also creates a seductive time-warp in which the web professional thinks he or she can run an infinite number of side projects.
2. Working online removes spatial boundaries
Being close to one’s co-workers creates a sense of accountability to work. A person is expected to focus on his primary responsibilities when in an office. Sure, sometimes that means “faking it” – but spatial proximity enhances focus and singlenes of mind.
3. Working online creates infinite possibilities for making money for yourself
I admit it. I’ve suggested in the past that the best road to success online is to work for yourself.
Nothing like stabbing yourself in the back, eh…especially when your employees read everything you write;-)
So what do you think? Is my paranoia justified? Is it unjustified? Are there methods and structures to utilize these facts about the realities of online work to your advantage?
Help! I think I’m about to go delusional;-)