I know this corner well. The area is nice and extremely accessible. Businesses and residents lament when they are uprooted due to changes in the a building’s usage. I understand their anguish. There are certain protections in place to prevent illegal removals or evictions. The bottom line is owners, not tenants, can avail themselves of existing laws to maximize the value of their investment in their property. The vitality of free commerce lies in the establishment of laws and precedent that encourage turn over and change from a never ending status quo.
I just finished reading an interesting piece in the BBC’s Workforce section. Alex Christian examines the lack of productivity of working from home. The pandemic forced businesses to offer employees a remote-work option. Managers hoped that their workers would diligently perform their duties from home. Unfortunately, too many remote workers slack off. They do just enough to get paid. There are no prying eyes to see what the workers are doing all day long. Pundits call this lack of effort “coasting.” This is the epitome of dishonesty. Amar Bhide and Howard H. Stevenson in their Harvard Business Review article, titled Why Be Honest If Honesty Doesn’t Pay, observed:
Most of us choose virtue because we watn to believe in ourselves and have other respect and believe in us. When push comes to shove, hard-headed businessfolk usually ignore (or fudge) their dollars-and-cents calculations in order to keep their word…And for this, we should be happy. We can be proud of a system in which people are honest because they want to be, not because they have to be. Materially, too, trus based on morality provide great advantages. It allows us to join in great and exciting enterprises that we could never undertake if we relied on economic incentives alone.
Whether you are an employer or a remote worker this is article is must-read material. Alex offers in a reverse manner great advice as to how to stand out as a remote worker. While your co-remote workers are coasting you can be rocking. Take my word for it you will not be disappointed. Click the link, take a deep breath, and absorb everything.