Great article, congrats!
Thank you James! I'm glad it resonated with you.
If that is their optimal way of being efficient, then yes. If showing up every day is counterproductive and results in less work being done, then no. We're all different.
Over the years I have learned my own best schedule to Get Shit Done™, and that's being in an office four days a week and only ever being there 4-5 hours at a time. I tend to get most stuff done if I get to the office around 10am, grabbing a quick desk lunch around 1pm and then leaving around 3pm to get few hours break. I then work from home in the evening for two or three hours, and voila...eight hour work day but split up into chunks. If I sit at a desk for more than four or five hours my creative side takes a huge hit and everything becomes poo, so it doesn't make sense to keep me in an office from 9-5.
I pretty much work the same Ix! So similar to what you're doing. It doesn't make sense to sit around if you're not productive. Working in chunks of 2-3-4 hours does help my creativity as well.
As a developer, I faced crisis early morning and instead of rushing to the office I end up fixing the problem and then writing a report to the team, only then I begin to get ready, and if it's too late, I don't think I should waste an hour travel to get there and just continue to work from a remote location (and so does anyone in this position).
A "solution" could hit a designer or a developer at any given time of the day. How many times has it happened to you that you woke up at 3AM with the solution for the problem you've been trying to solve? I will bet over half of you have.
Many times, Daniel! I'm knowing for picking up the phone in the middle of the night and at least writing what I should be doing. You can't plan being "creative". I believe, everyone has a routine to get themselves going, but when you're stuck and looking for a solution / getting away and letting it come to you can do wonders.
In every company I worked at, everyone showed up at 9 and left around 5ish. Now that I'm in a leading position, I can see that designers/developers don't necessarily have to show up everyday at the office. I mean, they can if that's what they want / but if someone prefers to change their scenery from time to time, that's totally Ok!
I go deeper in the article about who should show up everyday from 9–5 and who can have a more flexi-outlook on things.
What do you guys think? How do you work? What's the rules in your company?