The deep value of gathering with remote staff

I've worked with folks via IM and email for over a decade, and I've always been like FUCK YEAH REMOTE WORKING. It's so awesome that everyone can work from home, in their locations of choice, without having to deal with commuting or offices or childcare or anything else. Remote working is awesome and allows me to have an AMAZING staff that I could never assemble all in one city.

But in all my loving of remote work, somehow I forgot that OH YEAH: it's really fucking awesome to actually be in one place at one time. I'd met many of my Empire staffers before last fall, but mostly just in one-on-one situations…. I met up with Stephanie and her family when they were visiting Portland last year. I swung by Rockethaus in Des Moines, Iowa on a trip to visit my mother-in-law in Iowa City. But never had these staffers met EACH OTHER, and never had we been able to hang out all together in one place for a weekend.

ROWE: Results-Only Work Environment

I just learned the name for how I manage the Offbeat Empire staff: ROWE, aka Results-Only Work Environment. I've always been focused on trying to find efficiencies … how quickly can I do something, so that I have more time to fuck off? As I spend more and more of my time managing other people, I realize I take it for granted that that's EVERYONE's mode of operating.