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Will remote working stick?
Once the pandemic is over and many of us return back to the office, will we then make the case to managers that we should be working from home 1 or 2 days per week? It worked during the pandemic right? We were more productive, happier, less stressed, achieved a better work-life balance. Why not continue it?
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Mar 31, 2020 4:14 PM
Replying to Sante Vergini
Well seen!
Mar 31, 2020 9:21 PM
Replying to Rob Hassen
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Personally I can crank out a lot of work and do some deep thinking at home in my den that I have a hard time with in the 'open office' concept. Our organization is somewhat new to the open-office, and the constant discussions and phone calls make it almost impossible to concentrate. I agree that face to face is the best communication, but I am going to lobby hard to work from home one or two days/week, and am thinking that is probably the optimum scenario.
My sentiments exactly Rob. I moved from an open-office environment in my last job to an organization that operates out of an old heritage building, thus closed offices. My work was a lot more productive, similar to that of working from home now. Even before the coronavirus epidemic hit, I lobbied and was granted, 1 day a week to work from home. I suspect after this crisis is over and we return back to the office, that will increase to 2 days.
Mar 31, 2020 10:33 PM
Replying to Nguyen Khai
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I think it depends on the industry and the type of work that you are working on. Some companies have been applying remote working a long time ago, before Covid-19 outbreak . I think many companies will try and transform their working model that they have never thought about it.
Hi Nguyen, but the difference is that most companies are now forced to implement remote working, which may increase the likelihood that they continue to allow remote working (even partly) for their employees when they return to the office.
Apr 01, 2020 1:27 AM
Replying to Ashleigh Kennett-Smith
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I'm firmly in the it depends camp LOL. Are you in a "solo thinker" role, an innovation role where random interactions trigger ideas and advancements otherwise not found, is the team distributed anyway, will virtual be enough for the extroverts? Someone in our organisation said that habits and behaviors (adaptations?) take about 6 weeks to form. If we do this for 6 months will the momentum actually be enough to prevent us being forced to go back to the old way by those who prefer it (and have the power to make it so)?
Hi Ashleigh, extroverts are going to find it hard no doubt. Luckily for me, I belong to the other camp. I think the best thing that will come out of all this (from a remote working point of view) is that there should be a choice of working at home or in the officer, that will suit both extrovert and introverts, ways of working, and personality styles.
Mar 25, 2020 5:27 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Sante -

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.

Kiron
My entire team works remotely, even before this pandemic. We have weekly meetings with the entire team. Touchbase for the ones that do production/billable work is done 2-3 times a week.
If our team were to do this in person it would cost the company more in transportation costs since we are scattered throughout the US.
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Apr 02, 2020 5:28 PM
Sante Vergini
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Sounds ideal Kristen.
Apr 02, 2020 8:22 AM
Replying to Kristen Oom
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My entire team works remotely, even before this pandemic. We have weekly meetings with the entire team. Touchbase for the ones that do production/billable work is done 2-3 times a week.
If our team were to do this in person it would cost the company more in transportation costs since we are scattered throughout the US.
Sounds ideal Kristen.
Mar 25, 2020 5:27 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Sante -

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.

Kiron
I agree while a significant part of many projects and business process can be done remotely it only works with at least some F2F activities which are required to establish the relationships among the different roles. Also some activities such as scope definition and problem solving are usually more effective when all are in the room,
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