Focus on accomplishment – Hans Hansen

Associate Professor, Management, Texas Tech University – living in Lubbock, Texas

One narrative that I had been going by was that time was equated to effort and presence was somehow conflated with responsibility. Now, there has been a shift to contributing and doing tasks, with less oversight, in unfamiliar contexts. I might suggest that with some increased isolation and independence, responsibility has become more important.

My measurement of effort has, maybe for the better, become detached from time. It has allowed me to focus on what I can accomplish, not how much time I have put in at an office. I myself have bragged about 18 hour workdays. “What did you accomplish?” I might now ask myself.

If time and presence are taken away as indicators, now the focus is where it should be – on accomplishment.

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