'Default-Distributed'

I came across a Twitter thread by @Geek_Manager which sparked an interesting discussion.

I found the below interesting:

We’re in midst of moving from default-collocation to default-distributed and remote term is reinforcing sense of “away from where you’re expected to be”.

For me, the concept is very interesting as working remotely does often have connotations of being away from where you’re ‘meant to be’ and can lead to feelings of being separated from the rest of your colleagues.

Meri goes on to say that this will start with engineers but may be embraced “holistically”.

What does everybody think of the plan? I think it’s an excellent idea and about time companies started prioritising finding the best talent; rather than settling for whatever/whoever is close-by - which doesn’t always work.

In past roles, working from home was a clumsy experience and consisted of Slacking your colleagues to ask whether they were in certain Dropbox files to avoid conflicts - all while squinting at my laptop screen and missing my second monitor in the office. Some companies promote ‘flexible working’ but do little to make it a realistic option.

It would be great for more and more companies to work towards ensuring that all colleagues feel included and able to work anywhere; without the negative, career-limiting connotations that generally come with the concept.

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For me, this feels like just another example of finding meaning in words/terms where there isn’t any. Working remotely to me simply states you are working elsewhere, while connected to the central office, for example

I fail to see how this isn’t inclusive, or really, why it needs to be inclusive?

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I think the idea is to remove all link to a ‘central office’ to create a truly inclusive culture.

As this moves forward, there will likely be more ‘distributed’ workers than office workers - so the idea would be to make being ‘distributed’ the new norm.

The concept would mean the terms ‘elsewhere’ or ‘remote’ wouldn’t fit as you, along with other colleagues, wouldn’t be based in or linked to the office to begin with.

Edit: Meri probably explains it better:

We’re in midst of moving from default-collocation to default-distributed and remote is reinforcing sense of “away from where you’re expected to be”.

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