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The current situation is forcing many companies to shift to work from home. The classic approach will be to learn from the experience, do lessons learned and modify policies accordingly. I think the key is trust and results, however we might all be too distracted.
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing
I believe that we are facing a paradigm shift
Companies will need to invest less in facilities and equipment, a lot of work can be done remotely
Will people be hired for the project and, who knows, they will receive a lifetime grant to stay at home?
The development of skills will be supported by each one of us
Instead of asking to stay at home, companies and organizations will send us home :-)
While we can be very productive with remote working, I will still go back to the sixth principle of the Agile Manifesto: The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.
Until we have holographic presence technology a la Avengers, we are losing some percentage of the overall richness of messages when we work remotely.
I will go along with Kiron - although maybe not the holographic thing. We went through this some years back with the "paperless" prediction, remember. Computers, electronic correspondence and filing was all the rage. Yet we generate more paperwork now than ever.
Working from home is a necessity now but will become a fad then draw back to where it was. We are a social animal. We work (and play) better as a team - the total is more than the sum of its parts.
In my opinion, we will settle back to the pre-pandemic levels within a month or two, at most a year.
Hello Sante: We are learning as we go on this. It has always been acceptable to work from home for my current role as a remote project manager, but many businesses have not had all their workers remote before. Some were afraid to try, some did not trust their workers would be as efficient and some were opposed for other reasons. My daughter is a physician, and now she is doing many telehealth patient visits. This was an option many clinics had not invested in previously. My daughter was shocked at how well it worked and how efficient it was. I believe many industries will change practices based off this "required experiment" for social distancing. It will be fun to see if my assumption is true or not.
We are inspecting and adapting accordingly. For the most part, we can work 1 or 2 days from home but as Kiron said, face to face communication is essential in our line of business.
I think it's an interesting question. First of all, at present, many enterprises are unable to perform telecommuting; telecommuting does not solve the problem very well. F2F can solve the problem quickly and understand the members.Many small enterprises don't want to work remotely, they don't have the ability.
My personal opinion is no, it won't stick. Why? Because we do not seem to understand the concept of remote work. Firstly I have seen lots of solcial media post where companies are using 'spyware' to track employees by doing things like taking pics every so often to see if you are behind your keyboard. Really? It's about adding value, output and not about the hours in the chair. So clearly a large part of businesses are not ready to let go of micromanaging things.
But then the most important one - Remote working has never dictated that we do not collaborate. NEVER EVER! There is nothing wrong with having a face to face meetings WHEN required but I have no need to have one every morning.
Also, we waste a HUGE amount of resources heating and cooling buildings just so that we can herd people together. Then we have cleaning, security, admin and a host of other auxiliary functions just so that we can huddle. All of this goes off the company bottom line when it can be spent much better elsewhere.
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