A New Employee Asked Her If She Could Work From Home. Her Response Is Going Viral

July 27, 2019

A recent social media post by author and motivational speaker Brigette Hyacinth is going viral for her take on quality management and how to be an effective leader in the workplace.

Brigette Hyacinth
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Hyacinth explained that one of her new employees asked if she could work from home.

This is what she wrote on LinkedIn:

"My new employee asked to work from home. Then she started to tell me the reason.

I told her 'No need to apologize and I don't need to know the details.'

I do not pay for seat warmers. Come to the office fine. 9 to 5? Fine. Work from home. Fine. Work from the garage while they fix your car? Fine.

I don't need to know you will be late because of a doctor's appointment, or you are leaving early to attend a personal matter.

Everybody works at a different pace. You choose how to get your work done.

It's sad how we have infantilized the workplace so much, that employees feel the need to apologize for having personal lives.

I am not a clock watcher. I trust you to get your job done.

Keep clients happy. I am happy."

 

Hyacinth believes leadership is not about position or power, and that too many managers get enthralled with the control and authority which comes with positional power.

"Being the leader means that you have been placed in a position to serve others," she added. "It is about how we treat people, how we make decisions and the example we set. It's about looking for every opportunity to appreciate and inspire others. Leadership is not a right but a privilege. You are privileged to be in a position where you can direct, shape and positively influence the lives of others."

Do you agree?

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