Is Remote Work Just About Getting Things Done?

Over the last few years, we’ve all seen that we can get things done remotely.

But is that all we want — to just get things done? Or do we want to move beyond that for work that is creative, innovative, and proactive?

The pandemic showed us that we can be productive at work, but research found that long-term creativity went down. Businesses can still move forward but often miss the extra step of creativity and change. They’re checking the boxes but lack extra energy.

This is the paradox of virtual work — the need to balance getting things done with going above and beyond.

Part of the problem requires asking ourselves if we want to get things done or if we want to do more — to learn, develop, expand, or solve problems.

Even with the benefits of remote work, there is still a place for in-person work. We’re humans who need human connection. In-person work is where we develop great leadership, psychological safety, training, and growth.

I’ve seen this firsthand. For two years, all my speeches were virtual through a computer screen. I could do it, but it wasn’t the same as being in a room full of people, feeling their energy, and interacting with them. And I felt that difference in my inspiration and creativity.

As the world of work continues to evolve, we need to have honest conversations about what we want from work and also have a dialogue with our organizations and leaders about the roles that are better for a virtual environment and those that are better in person.

The future of work is flexible. It isn’t purely virtual or physical and doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all approach. The best solution is to experiment. Find what works and what doesn’t in your career and company.

Virtual work gets things done, but is that enough for you and your organization?

I put together a video which talks about this in more detail. Please check it out below and if you want more content like this you can subscribe to my Youtube channel.

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Jacob Morgan

4x Best-Selling Author, Speaker, & Futurist. Founder of Exploring Leadership, Employee Experience, & The Future of Work