There aren’t a lot of people who like to both live and work at home. But, working from home has already proved to be very good and productive for some people, that hey might never want to go back to their office again. In this article we will answer this question: Will we go back to our offices as before?
A whole lot of us who have been in the workplace for decades have discovered quite painfully but most critically how effective and successful we can be operating from home. Now we need to fill our own minds on what’s next.
As per Jack Dorsey from Twitter, several of the larger tech companies say that working from home is worthwhile for a number of workers — “forever.” Thousands of other medium and big companies suggest it’s worth a close look. Only the fact that Zoom sessions are invariably half the duration of in-office conferences (for all sorts of physical and emotional reasons) implies that we have potentially avoided thousands of unnecessary and inefficient hours that might otherwise have been consumed listening to Stewart spit, Carl carp, and Polly pontificate.
Longer hours at home, fewer unexpected interruptions in our own making, and full oversight over our working days (and nights) brought us a fresh outlook about how best to get our jobs done-and when and when to do it.
And genuinely, how many of you are gagging back to the daily routine of pulling your sorry ass to some faraway office-day-in and day-out-for what now looks to be no strong reason to most of us? Simply using the millions of hours that we don’t waste working for productive usage would be a major boost to increased efficiency.
Yes, I understand the strong urge to get out of house, and that working from home is unrealistic to a large number of people for a bunch of reasons. But that’s not the same like wanting to return to your home so you can drink standing water from dormant pipelines, continuously swab everything within sight with your Clorox wipes, and enter the lines of people getting ready to pile up in small, socially-distant and covered up groups into cleaned up elevators. Apart from peer and higher pressure, a bit of FOMO and the willingness of your significant other to boot you out of the door, it’s difficult to make a lot of a good argument for a hurried return.
So, it’s no wonder to me that a lot of the people I ‘m talking with-who have some reasonable form of power over their corporate lives and relationships-haven’t made the decision quite if, whether and/or whenever they’re ever going back to the office. I recognize that I am talking about some of these sectors of the economy-creative people, computer nerds, advisors, business owners and skilled labor for sure-and that in such issues there are hundreds of thousands of important workers with no or little choice. I am attuned to these truths and I am thankful and happy (as I hope we are all) for their endeavors and their ongoing sacrifices on behalf of all of us.
But we have to take into account the possibility that expensive transportation, environmentally harmful overcrowding, and co-morbid rubbing shoulders with coworkers aren’t all they’re actually supposed to be. And, to be clear, I’m not speaking about Covid-19 worries, as that reasoning / justification is going to run out of gas for most of us fairly soon other than in the two dozen foolish states where the cases are soaring up again. I am thinking about the fact that, in hindsight, after the closure, nobody I know really missed the “sweet old days” at the workplace.
And I think we’ve all learnt certain lessons at home that ideally, others who wish or have to return to the fold do not get lost in the move back to the office.
(1) Death of Lengthy and inefficient Meetings
It could not be easier to understand that, in almost any ecosystem, in smaller and shorter gatherings with lesser props, often fewer attendees, and exact, succinct ideologies that are thoroughly identified and conformed to, we could get more done. Better than one uninteresting and over-expanded meeting. Longer meetings have lower yields
This is also clear is that not every thinking, suggestion or input is positive and session leaders ought to be much more proactive in handling meeting traffic. Without reference for political correctness or hurt feelings, they ought to cut off conversations led nowhere. They have to watch the clock and ensure that precise and accurate action items for all attendees end the meeting on time. Democracy is not a virtue in reunions. Anybody with no job to get done at the end of the meeting most probably didn’t have to be in the meeting at the first place.
(2) Monitor the calendar and the inbox
In fact, the inbox represents certain people’s priorities more than your own. Working from home has provided us tremendous influence over the pacing and the degree of sensitivity that we show to all incoming demands, whether big or low, top down or bottom up. Since it has been “open” to us that there may be conflicting and greater needs, demands and requests for our own time and money. Family responsibilities, health and wellbeing issues, access, timing and connectivity issues, etc., all trumped other people’s efforts at sudden scheduling, calendar clutter, meeting mania, and some other time sinks.
The truth is, things at home were not at all clear-working from home was totally opaque to the outside world-and no one but you were in control of your time and actions. This was all right to be MIA. This is a privilege that it’s really necessary to strive and maintain when you head back to the workplace and, in all fairness, it’s one of the biggest factors that you’ve been so happy and competitive at home.
People from all backgrounds, all over the company, quickly came up with the idea that everything was about to be a recession; that you alone could individually help avoid wildfires and client crack-ups, and, most notably, that poor planning on their part was an emergency for you. Create a few spaces and time slots to be left entirely alone in the office so you can get some things done and done right.
(3) Not everyone shall be given equal time
“Hiding” at home (also known as MIA) had yet another very significant advantage. Since you were fairly inaccessible, almost all of the real conversations that took place on a typical day were selected by, and initiated by, you. They were deliberate and, preferably, purpose-driven instead of unintended, awkward or unintentional. not only were you no longer at the discretion of fall-ins, pages, and other random discussions, you had the ability to organize your contacts and determine whether, if, and when it was necessary to discuss to some people while effectively ignoring wasting so much time with others. It was a lot more useful than attempting to maintain your door closed to the office, which truly seems to encourage more people to put their head in just to make sure you’re not napping on the job.
And, since you made the decision, you do had a lot of influence about how long it continues. You’re not stuck in your own workplace at your office or in someone else’s breakfast room by anyone with little else to do than sit down and “chat” ad nauseum. At home, there’s nothing like a dog or a kid or some other request to send every discussion a comfortable and timely escape. Answering machines, caller ID, and voicemail have absolutely loved a real revival since the emergence of the pandemic. They were all a hassle, and now they’re also the first line of protection and prevention. Screening your phone calls became the secret to maintaining your dignity.
So, if you have to go back — or want to — toughen up, have a strategy, and don’t go back. Take care of the schedule and calendar and make the program operate for you. And don’t let anyone else drive you back … so you can still go home again.