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If You Think You Need To Spy On Employees, You Probably Just Need To Raise Your Game As A Leader

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The remote work employee revolution has been in motion for over a decade now. According to FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics, there was a 159 percent increase in remote employees between 2005 and 2017, there was a 159% increase in employees working remotely.

The COVID-19 pandemic shifted that trend into overdrive, and there are no signs it will slow down. In fact, companies as large as Twitter have already told employees they never have to return to the office.

Now that we’re many months into the pandemic, operating a fully remote organization seems feasible, if not quite yet normal, for most companies. However, only a few short months ago, the idea of transitioning to a fully remote work environment seemed overwhelming for countless companies around the world; some even said “impossible.”

Our company, Acceleration Partners, has been a fully remote organization for over 13 years. Having navigated many remote work challenges of our own, we have a unique perspective for what it takes to build a thriving, award-winning company culture where all employees work remotely from home—one we’ve shared with our clients and partners who were new to the process.

In our numerous conversations with leaders of other companies, one question we kept hearing is, “how do you monitor your employees to make sure they’re actually working?”

This question touches on a crucial aspect of our culture. One of our three core values is “Own It.”  We push our employees to always step up to the opportunities in front of us, bring solutions, and be proactive, rather than reactive. It also means taking accountability for outcomes, even when variables are beyond our control—and knowing that colleagues will do the same.

The idea of monitoring our employees at a managerial level runs contrary to this fundamental core value. We actively recruit and hire people who excel with limited supervision or direction, who are fast-paced, self-driven, and constantly learning.

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