Freedom & Responsibility in the Remote Workplace

“Every right implies a responsibility, Every opportunity, an obligation; Every possession, a duty.”

John D. Rockefeller

Working at home has an incredible amount of benefits. For example, I have the luxury of taking a run at 10 a.m. after my morning calls. I can also take my daily “siesta” from 2-4 p.m., if I so choose.

Yes, I take naps, and I love every second of it. Granted, this might not be the case for everyone that works at home, but the fact is, we have the choice to do so if we want.

Being a contractor, freelancer or remote worker has a number of appealing benefits, but many people don’t realize what other responsibilities come along with the job.

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One of the important responsibilities is that we have to be able to manage our time since there aren’t people doing it for us all day.

Recently, I’ve seen an alarming amount of my fellow Gen Y community who can’t seem to take ownership of the responsibilities that come along with the freedom of being contractors/freelancers/remote workers.

So, what happens when people are granted freedoms, but can’t seem to take ownership of the responsibilities of the job?

Maybe it’s time to go back to square one. Does someone deserve complete freedom if they’re not able to take responsibility for the consequences, be they good or bad?

I don’t think so.

I think it’s time for everyone to a good look at their actions and ask themselves, “Have I truly taken responsibility for my actions? Have I done all I can?” 

If the answer’s “No,” then maybe it’s time to go back to the drawing board and figure out where things got off track.

And with that, I’m going to leave you with a quote by Bob Dylan:

“A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.”

~ Miss Soucie

Paige

Lover of all things travel, food, fitness and cocktails. Currently the Community Director at Ampsy, supporter of the #yesphx community and always on the lookout for the next adventure.