Ali Greene: Why Remote Work Is Here to Stay: Working Remotely & Productively | Work in Progress #21

In this episode, host Gabriella Joustra is joined by Ali Greene, the co-author of Remote Works: Managing for Freedom, Flexibility, and Focus, Ex Director of People Operations for DuckDuckGo and former Head of Culture and Community

The traditional office setup has undergone a remarkable transformation. With the rise of remote work, employees have adapted to a new work environment where the lines between professional and personal lives are blurred. In this episode, you will explore how to stay productive in this dynamic setting.

Meet Ali Greene

Ali Greene is the co-author of Remote Works: Managing for Freedom, Flexibility, and Focus. A remote worker since 2014, she was previously the Director of People Operations for DuckDuckGo and the former Head of Culture and Community at Oyster.

About the episode

In this episode, host Gabriella Joustra and Ali Greene delve into the topic of personal productivity and remote work setup. Ali said personal productivity focuses on adding value to one’s craft and bringing forth unique value in one’s work. 

She emphasized the importance of quality over quantity, highlighting that productivity should not be solely measured by how much one can accomplish in a given time frame. Instead, she suggested focusing on enhancing work, avoiding mistakes, and creating high-value outputs.

Remote work, according to Ali Greene, involves utilizing technology and a digital-first mindset to unlock the benefits of location and time flexibility. It is not solely about where one works but also about how technology and tools are used to enhance productivity and autonomy. 

Ali added that in remote work, individuals could experiment and customize their work environment, working hours, and tasks to align with their energy and productivity levels. Building relationships and collaboration in remote work requires understanding individual work styles and finding suitable meeting times that energize and engage team members.

Moreover, Ali discussed various strategies and practices to balance remote work and personal life. She suggested the concept of “one place, one goal,” where individuals choose specific locations for focused work and change locations for different tasks, providing visual cues and boundaries.

In conclusion

It’s important to note that the negative impact of remote work can vary depending on individual preferences, work style, and specific circumstances. However, these challenges can be mitigated with proper planning, effective communication strategies and practices, and supportive workplace policies.

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