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Working from Home
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TODAY and TOMORROW
image. Having two displays makes this much easier. If you're
in tech or are someone who constantly creates content, then
I'd recommend three displays at a minimum. As for me, on a
typical workday, I keep one display on my email, a second on
my team chat suite, a third on my current tasks and a fourth to
share any raw content that I want to drag over to it.
9.
Use a Background That Says What You Want: I'm not
a huge fan of virtual backgrounds - although they do
serve to cover a bad background when needed. I'm also not in
the mainstream that says you need to have a boring, businesslike
background. Just make sure the camera sees what you
want people to see. Maybe it's your college degrees or your
company logo or a pop-culture conversation piece (like I use).
In any case, just make sure the far-end view is intentional.
10.
11.
Use a Comfortable Chair: You're going to be at your
home office desk a lot. Don't be uncomfortable. Get a
chair that you can sit in all day if needed. Try out a few at your
closest office supply store before buying one.
Watch Out for Glare: If you wear glasses, as I do, it's
important that you obtain a pair that is specifically
prescribed for computer use (18 to 24 inches distance) and
purchase the anti-glare coating on the lenses. You don't want
to distract people on your video calls with reflections of your
screens and lights.
12.
Have a Window on Life: If you can set up your home
office in a room where you can look out a window,
then you definitely should. It is important for to see if it is
daylight or evening outside, if it's raining or sunny, and to
look at the occasional car driving by. If you can't set up near
a window, then do what I did. My home office is in my windowless
basement, so I put an IP camera on my front window,
and I watch it from an old tablet. It is a superb reference I can
always peek at...and I also know when the mail and packages
have been delivered.
The Role of Supervisors and Managers
When employees set up a functional home office and organizations
successfully transform to a mostly remote knowledge-worker
workforce, the role of supervisors and managers
becomes much more important than it had been in the past.
In a remote working world, managers need to be properly
trained on how to effectively manage a remote team. The bad
managers I referenced above are now not just a horror for
employees, they are now a liability for employers who now
must take steps to change the past management selection
processes. Instead of the common practice of promoting
individual contributors (who excel at their tasks) to management
roles, managers need to be individuals skilled at
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There are a number of key aspects of a well-designed WFH
space. The author highlights some of the most indispensable
elements.
supporting and leading teams with remote employees - and
keeping them feeling appreciated and happy. Organizations
that want to survive and thrive will have to take seriously the
need to put good people managers in place. For far too long,
bad (or non-existent) 360-degree reviews and poor feedback
for managers have been nearly ignored at many companies.
Organizations need to learn that if a potential manager can't
provide references and comments about how great it is to
work with them, they'll need to bypass that person for management
roles. The criteria for these roles have been totally
flipped. The strict, tough manager is now just an off-ramp for
unhappy employees.
Content Creation from Home
There are many additional aspects of working from home that
we should discuss. For instance, there is content creation from
home. Webcasts, podcasts, company-wide announcements
and more suddenly become not just possible but even easy
using the same tools we use to work remotely. For example,
we learned over the pandemic that top-down communications
and business messaging worked very well using remote collaboration
tools, but peer-to-peer social communications did not
happen organically. To nurture a sense of culture and camaraderie
for remote knowledge workers, specific steps need to be
taken to create the ideal environment.
We will get to those topics, and many others, in future columns.
For now, however, the message is simple. Setting up a home
office for knowledge workers is easy to do correctly, it helps transform
the organization, and it's a total win-win for the employee
and the organization. The only losers are stodgy organizational
leaders and bad managers. Organizations with this type of leadership
will eventually lose their best talent to competitors. Bad
managers and a lack of support for remote workers are, and will
continue to be, key drivers of The Great Resignation.
David Danto is director of emerging technology at IMCCA.
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