‘I trust you’: CEO’s LinkedIn post encouraging remote work goes viral

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CEO Brendan Rogers thinks all bosses should let their employees work from home. Source: Getty

Founder and managing partner of micro-investing platform 2am, Brendan Rogers, doesn’t care if his employees work from home.

In a post to LinkedIn, which went viral with over 15,000 likes, Rogers sought to encourage other CEOs and bosses to let their employees do the same.

“I don’t care if you work from home,” Rogers said.

“I don’t need to know the details of why you would like to work from home,” he went on.

“I do not care if you need to sign off early to attend a personal matter. Everybody works at a different pace. You choose how to get your work done.”

“It is really upsetting, that employees feel the need to apologise for having personal lives. I trust you will execute. I trust you will be available if I need to get a hold of you. I trust you will get the job done,” he said.

And Rogers isn’t the only boss who believes flexible working arrangements are the future.

Atlassian futurist Dom Price told Yahoo Finance the nine-to-five office life is an archaic model.

“We can work from anywhere, and we can operate at different times,” Price said.

“I am rewarded and recognised for my creativity, my curiosity and my energy and experimentation. And that doesn't always occur nine to five, Monday to Friday.”

Four-day working week

The four-day working week is another flexible working style trialling around the world.

The prime minister of Finland, 34-year-old Sanna Marin, called for four-day working weeks earlier this month, describing it as “the next step for us in working life”.

“I believe people deserve to spend more time with their families, loved ones, hobbies and other aspects of life, such as culture,” said Marin, who was elected in early December.

“It is important to allow Finnish citizens to work less. It is not a question of governing with a feminine style but offering help and keeping promises to voters.”

The Microsoft office in Japan already trialled the four-day work week, and reported happier employees and a 40 per cent gain in productivity.

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