Why Managers Fear a Remote-Work Future

The debate about remote working seems to be acting like a very interesting microcosm of the digital transformation debate about how much digital disruption should be seen as digitizing what we do and evolving our practices versus revolutionizing from the ground up by exposing inefficiencies and delivering a different value proposition for a new age.


Remote work lays bare many brutal inefficiencies and problems that executives don’t want to deal with because they reflect poorly on leaders and those they’ve hired. Remote work empowers those who produce and disempowers those who have succeeded by being excellent diplomats and poor workers, along with those who have succeeded by always finding someone to blame for their failures. It removes the ability to seem productive (by sitting at your desk looking stressed or always being on the phone), and also, crucially, may reveal how many bosses and managers simply don’t contribute to the bottom line.