clintmemo wrote:tombombodil wrote:
Yeah, I've always thought that for many jobs it's very self evident if people are getting their work done. If people are hitting milestones and turning in good work, why does it matter what their moment to moment productivity habits are? And if many of your workers won't work without constant scrutiny and peer pressure, are those really people you want to employ in the first place?
While it's true the in most jobs, it's pretty evident when people are slacking off, I'd argue that having a crew full of self-motivated self-starters may not work out as well as you think it might. First off, some (I'd argue most) people need structure and external accountability. (I'm one of those people). Secondly, self-motivated self-starters have a tendency to self-motivatedly self-start themselves into better jobs at other places, that is if they don't go off and start their own businesses. Now if you have to constantly supervise someone to get them to do any work, then yeah, send them packing.
True, pretty much everyone on my team is understood to be extremely self-sufficient, we just operate under the working assumption that everyone else is getting their work done because they pretty much always are.
On accountability being a motivator though, for some jobs it could be easier for that to exist remotely. Like if you do a daily scrum you have pretty much the exact same accountability as you would working from the office, you'd even be using the exact same tools.