If you have a Boss, you are probably used to receiving instructions concerning what you are supposed to do. If you are a Boss, it is likely that a good portion of your day is spent dispensing instructions on what Employees are supposed to do. For both Boss and Employees it is then; punch out, sleep, punch in and repeat. Do you recognize this situation, Employee or Boss?
When America was an economy that was largely driven by the manufacturing of something the Boss/Employee relationship was pretty much as described above. Today seems very different. The days when MBWA (Management By Walking Around was very normal are pretty much over. Employees, much like myself, may work 2,498.1 miles from their employer and 324.8 miles from their direct Boss. Today, over 6.1 million individuals are categorized as remote workers, according to Global Workplace Analytics. The consistent growth in this group tells me that “Bosses” need to be ahead of the curve in learning to get the most out of a remote workforce. Changing to a model that empowers employees, both remote and in-office, would seem to be the direction that
“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” –Theodore Roosevelt