Management 2020: This Seems Semi-Obvious

November 18, 2020

I read “Management Needs to Adapt for Out of Sight Employees.” The write up points out with scintillating brilliance:

More than four in ten (41%) decision makers surveyed worry their team won’t stay on task when working remotely. More than a quarter (28%) also feel their boardroom culture discourages remote working, and over half (59%) feel more pressure to be online outside of normal working hours. These factors indicate a need for a top-down shakeup of traditional management thinking and practices.

What about the New Yorker Magazine management methods based on the Toobin principle?

Are the survey’s findings validation of statements like these?

Out of sight, out of mind

I can feel you forgetting me

Where were you when everything was falling apart?

Am I that easy to forget?

How long before I am just a memory?

And then it occurred to me that you don’t miss me at all.

And these?

Opportunity makes a thief?

There’s no better vacation than my boss being virtual

I would prefer a job where I am politely ignored and left to my own devices with unlimited Internet access, cupcakes, and coffee.

Side gig?

Rule one on Zoom: Always be on mute

Thank goodness mom is not here.

Remote management: A work in progress with surveillance apps, video meeting logs, and millennial managers channeling Drucker.

Stephen E Arnold, November 18, 2020


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