Yesterday, my #remote friend, Carlos Ponce tagged me on a great blog post written by Matt Perez, COO of Nearsoft, a consulting firm headquartered in Mexico.
The title of Matt's post 12 Ways to Work Remote and Still Be Present is a slight play on words I really appreciate.
"Being Present" in the dharmic sense is an important thing. It's probably the most important thing. It transcends professional personas, religion, even humor.
To illustrate what I mean, check out Bill Murray's great ad hoc dharma talk about what it feels like to be you. It's a very clear definition of presence anyone can understand. The same presence I sense the folks leading Nearsoft understand.
It feels great when you're fully present - and no where else. Notice how everyone's expecting a joke during Murray's talk and the joke never comes. Only truth.
And, as Matt Perez points out in his great post, if you work remote from your colleagues, it's imperative to practice being present; not only for your own well being, but for the sake of the people who aren't physically present with you as you do your work.
Employee engagement doesn't just mean you and your tasks, it also means you and your co-workers. Engagement requires empathy and your co-workers want you to be fully present with them as they interact with you.
Presence is the most generous thing a person can offer another person. When it happens in the workplace everyone knows it, even if they can't quite describe the experience. With the rise in remote work, presence is the currency required for creative innovation.
Working remote requires extra effort and practice. But, it's worth it. The people at Nearsoft have figured this out and it's probably one of the many reasons why they've experienced such productive growth in such a short period of time.