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Working from Home
12 Steps to WFH Success
The revolution isn't guaranteed
to work for everybody, but there
are strategies you can employ to
maximize your chances of success.
By David Danto
I USED TO WORK for a financial services firm. I'd get up very
early in the morning so I could work out, have breakfast,
shower and get dressed in time to drive to the train station to
catch a New Jersey Transit train into Manhattan. That typically
45-minute train ride took me to New York's Pennsylvania Station
where I'd catch an IRT subway train up to 42nd
Street, then
walk about a half a mile underground to the Times Square
shuttle and take that to Grand Central Station, then walk a few
blocks to my office building.
By the time I got there - especially in the summer - I felt
like I needed another shower. I'd sometimes commute in just a
t-shirt or polo shirt and duck into a cold computer server room
when I arrived at the office to change into business clothes
that weren't wet from my perspiration.
I did all of that just to sit a desk and write emails and reports.
Manager Troubles
It wasn't that hellish commute that made me leave that job;
it was the frustration working for a horrible manager. My next
professional role was as an industry consultant for an ICT
services firm. It allowed me to realize that traveling to that new
firm's New York or New Jersey offices was just as ridiculous as
the commute above. My colleagues at this new firm were in
New York, Raleigh, Atlanta, Miami, London, Johannesburg and
many other locations. None of my colleagues were regularly in
the same office. We all learned that we could collaborate very
well using technology - we sold and installed that
technology, so we " drank our own champagne. " Of course, we
met at the occasional team-building events, industry conferences
and customer sites, but, on a day-to-day basis, we had
no need to physically slap each other's backs in order to be
trusted colleagues and friends.
The Biggest Revelation I'd Ever Had
It was as big a revelation as I'd ever had, and it occurred (for
me) over a decade earlier than now - when the same thing
has just occurred for nearly every other knowledge worker.
Both then and now, if there ever was a win-win situation, this
one was it.
For my employer, they no longer needed to pay the realestate,
HVAC, network and security costs (and everything
else) to have a desk for me in a central office. For me, that
nightmarish commute was reduced from approximately 90
minutes to 30 seconds to my basement office.
The ramifications of this were exponential. First, I learned
that the traditional idea of " magic, impromptu collisions "
between employees at a large organization's office was a total
myth. I didn't work at the supermarket or a corner hardware
store or a 10-person business. I worked for large companies
with colleagues in multiple cities and countries. If we didn't
use collaboration tools to facilitate our scheduled and impromptu
communications, then we'd be dead anyway. There
are simply no in-person, impromptu collisions at the modern,
multi-location organization.
Soaring Productivity
Then, I learned about how much productivity would soar in this
work-from-home model. If one of my children was ill in school
and I was in Manhattan, I'd have to commute back home to
get him. That'd be the end of my workday. If it happened when
I was home; I could get him, make him comfortable and easily
get back to work. Multiple research studies completed before
the pandemic (and also studies completed during the pandemic)
proved that most of the time saved not commuting
went back to company productivity. Too much of it, actually.
During the pandemic,
instead of hearing about
the often before sited " lazy
The author's former
commute, which took 90
minutes and had many
stops, is now as simple as
descending a staircase.
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