Category Archives: Work

An Important Movement

The reason I left my medical career was to be able to help as many companies as possible to adopt remote work.

If someone can do all their work from a computer, it is criminal to make that person work in an office.

It harms the environment, it harms their physical and mental health, it harms their family and, finally, its more expensive for companies.

We need to kill this meme that people need to be under supervision (usually inefficient) in a physical place in order to be productive.

People call it “the rat race,” and as far as metaphors go, it so mirrors reality that we might as well grow some tails. Was this the life we ​​dreamed of, the life we studied so much for? A life in which we spend half our time running around, and the other half trying desperately to recover our energy, so we can start over the next day?!

At the time of writing, a pandemic is spreading across our continent, but even before that, working in an office (open or closed, with or without leisure spaces, kitchens, ping pong tables, etc.) for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week also killed us. The only difference is that it did so over several years, not days.

Bosses and business owners: stop being a facilitator for this dysfunctional way of working. Get your people to work from home whenever possible.

Painting: Italian Harbour Scene, by Thomas Wijck

Tools are good, commitment is better.

Although I have a robust set of tools for my trade, I find myself constantly coveting new tools.

Just today, I’ve been flirting with the following:

  • A new iPad (the iPen note-taking functionality that my old iPad doesn’t have is very seductive)
  • A new email program
  • A new program to collect and collate research materials
  • A program to underline and annotate PDFs on iPad

And today was not an unusual day. The truth is that for any characteristic craft, there is an entire industry creating ever better and more seductive tools. And any of these tools would be of value to me; I don’t want them just for the sake of novelty or vanity.

But the fact is that they will not transform my work, either. My job is this: to write these lines. Reading, thinking about what I read, and reconciling and converting these concepts into something that is of value to others.

A lot of fancy tools out there can lessen the friction of doing this job, yes, but they are accessories. I could do the job with a printer, a pencil, and a word processor.

The commitment to do what I do every day – research, read, write – now that is irreplaceable.

Tools are something that makes your job easier; don’t let them (or the lack of them) keep you from the actual work.

I’m Moderating A Panel About Remote Work

I am a strong advocate of the value of work. Work is one of the fundamental pillars of our life. When I coach, work is one of the three most important areas to leverage to make the biggest impact on my clients’ personal trajectory.

But if work is vital, the way most of us go about it is terrible. There is a whole set of norms, protocols, systems, attitudes, and structures that are completely out of place in modern society, yet have fossilized completely before the turn of the century, and which continue to characterize our working life.

Work should be an important component of our lives. Instead, work consumes most of our lives.

I believed there was a better way. And that’s why I almost completely stopped acting as a dentist; to dedicate myself – with the support of DistantJob – to learning, shaping and disseminating best practices for Remote Work throughout the business world.

My ambition: To help more and more businesses create opportunities for people to work outside the office. At home, on the go, at your favorite coffee shop – wherever you feel most productive, where you can best integrate work with your life.

Part of what makes this a fantastic path to travel is that whoever does so is pioneering a new way of working. And my way of contributing to this is by collecting information, talking and learning from those who do it best, so that I can better organize and transmit this information to the world.

That is why I will be moderating the next GrowRemote/WorkRemote panel in Lisbon. In it, I’ll be talking to leaders from GitLab, Nestlé and comOn about how to measure the performance of people who work out of the office, and how to help them chart a career path.

It will happen this coming September 14th in Lisbon, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, in the beautiful and comfortable Selina Secret Garden CoWorking space – a mere 5 minutes walk from the metro station in Cais do Sodré. Sign up (for free) here.

Let’s continue building the future of work!