I Can Design My Own Work Schedule

Active? Away? How about neither - Jason Fried:

Everyone’s status should be implicit: I’m trying to do my job, please respect my time and attention.

For me it is very simple:

  • I will turn off my availability and status on instant messaging apps.
  • We should choose asynchronous communication over synchronous communication whenever possible.
  • If you want to know when I’m available, ask nicely.
  • If you don’t trust my ability to design my own work schedule, why bother hiring me at all? We better not working together.

In general, if you treat someone like a 13 years old, she will behave like a 13 years old; if you treat a 13 years old like an adult, she will try her best to behave like an adult.