Manifesto

(Noun: a public declaration of principles, intentions, purposes, etc.)

Here at Virtual Works, we don’t work with assholes.  There, I’ve said it.  The original essay for the book, “The No Asshole Rule” written by Robert I. Sutton, PhD., was published in Harvard Business Review in 2004.  If HBR can publish that word, so can I.  After all, it is my website.

I’d like to be clear: we like working with humans who value collaboration as a means to obtain shared goals.  They understand that we’re all human. We support our clients and their professional pursuits by expertly managing their day-to-day, all day, every day.   To pull that off, it takes commitment by all parties to make the working relationship work.

We’ve been doing this a long time; it’ll be our 17th anniversary in 2021.  We’ve been providing remote support long before remote support was trending (or necessary). We’ve seen and done a lot, witnessing the good, the bad and the ugly in the public sector and private sector, for-profit and not-for-profit. 

Our success comes from working with people who:

  • Trust us to complete tasks that are assigned with minimal supervision;
  • Collaborate openly and respectfully with us as their expert support provider;
  • Are ethical and authentic;
  • Don’t use bullying and threats to get things done;
  • Are open to working with a remote support team;
  • Don’t micromanage and understand what the phrase “poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine” really means (refer back to bullet 1);

Thanks for reading our manifesto.  If you would like to explore if we would be a good fit for your organization, drop me a line here on the contact us page to get the conversation started.

Barbara Best

Founder & CEO

Virtual Works Inc.