The State Of Work

#6 - How radical transparency can improve productivity for remote teams

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If you’re going to be open and transparent with everyone then so should the boss, it shouldn’t just be a one-way relationship.
Liam Martin

Co-founder of Time Doctor & Running Remote


About Liam

Liam is a serial entrepreneur who runs ​Time Doctor​ and ​Staff.com​ — one of the most popular time tracking and productivity software platforms in use by top brands today. He is also a co-organizer of the world’s largest remote work conference — ​Running Remote​.

Liam is an avid proponent of remote work and has been published in Forbes, Inc, Mashable, TechCrunch, Fast Company, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, The Next Web, The Huffington Post, Venturebeat and many other publications specifically targeting the expansion of remote work. The mission statement that feeds all the products and services that Liam is involved with stem from empowering workers to work wherever they want, whenever they want.

Liam has an undergraduate and graduate degree in Sociology from McGill University. He lives in Canada but travels 3-6 months out of the year due to his ability to work wherever and whenever he likes. He chooses a new place to travel a few times a year but usually spends time in Austin, Las Vegas and Ubud each year and loves to encourage others to work remotely on his travels.

How radical transparency can improve productivity for remote teams

Metrics, transparency, accountability, and employee monitoring are very topical concerns from managers of distributed teams. And in order for remote businesses & freelancers to work together harmoniously, is radical transparency really the answer for increasing worker productivity? How does a time tracking tool increase productivity anyway?

Remote workers were disrupting the 40-hour working week long before the COVID global pandemic. Now, many businesses (who were not previously remote-first) have dramatically shifted their business models to rethink how they work, lead, manage and thrive. By 2025 it is predicted that up to 50% of the (US) workforce will be remote.

Does enabling workers to track their time help them to become more productive? Does productivity equate to greater worker satisfaction? Can business owners relax and rely on metrics to effectively manage their distributed team’s productivity? And how does data transparency impact the employer/employee relationship?

Maddie is joined in this episode by serial entrepreneur Liam Martin. As co-founder of Time Doctor and Staff.com, Liam has created one of the world’s leading time tracking tools for remote teams, by using machine learning to help optimize worker productivity. Liam is also a passionate remote work advocate and organizer of popular remote work conference Running Remote, the largest conference on building and scaling remote teams.

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