Working remotely…


freelancernews.co.uk

In the past three decades, a series of quiet revolutions in design have changed the way offices are used, erasing former hierarchies of walls and cubicles and incorporating workplace methodologies from the technology industry into team-based, open-plan layouts. At the same time, digital tools such as e-mail, Excel, Google Docs, video conferencing, virtual whiteboarding, and chat channels like Slack have made a worker’s presence in those offices less essential. The pandemic has collapsed these divergent trends into an existential question: What’s an office for? Is it a place for newbies to learn from experienced colleagues? A way for bosses to oversee shirkers? A platform for collaboration? A source of friends and social life? A respite from the family? A reason to leave the house? It turns out that work, which is what the office was supposed to be for, is possible to do from somewhere else.

The article presents a case history of one example. Thoroughly, including alternatives. A worthwhile read.

I suggest – reading all articles of this type – you ignore any existential questions about whether or not you are qualified and capable of such a change. The honchos at home base are going to make those decisions with or without your participation. A question of corporate style, I’d say.

Articles like this are useful if you’re looking ahead and working for a firm that’s thoughtful about the future and willing to make the changes to implement a changeover like this. I went through it when I took my first position as a wholesale rep almost 40 years ago. That company was ready to grow from servicing retailers in three adjacent states – to servicing the whole East Coast. Eventually, their success story led to a complete nationwide presence. Top-shelf ranking for performance, service and profitability.

I was hired in that first wave of expansion. Though I wandered astray a time or two – tempted by offers from non-competing firms growing into the same markets – I ended up back with the same folks for a couple of decades. For me, the change to remote digital sales management, communications, was a piece of cake.

BTW, I still have my original Tandy TRS80 Model 100 laptop. The tech that kicked-off consideration of expansion, digital tech beyond/beside a corporate mainframe to build a business. Scary, successful, groundbreaking and very satisfying.

4 thoughts on “Working remotely…

  1. Metrotastasize says:

    “Remote workers want to live in Asia, but Asia doesn’t seem to want them quite yet” https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/11/where-can-remote-workers-work-during-the-pandemic-so-far-not-asia.html
    ‘Zoom towns’ are exploding in the West : And many cities aren’t ready for the onslaught. https://www.fastcompany.com/90564796/zoom-towns-are-exploding-in-the-west
    See also “Planning and Development Challenges in Western Gateway Communities” (The Journal of the American Planning Association) https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01944363.2020.1791728

  2. Uh-Huh... says:

    “Workplace study during pandemic finds managers should talk less, listen more : Lessons learned during COVID-19 can aid workplace communication during crises and normal times” (Baylor University) https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/bu-wsd040821.php

    During the onset of COVID-19 — along with accompanying layoffs and a recession — “there likely has never been a moment with such demand for ethical listening to employees,” said lead author Marlene S. Neill, Ph.D., associate professor of journalism, public relations and new media at Baylor.
    “Ethical listening” was defined by one communication manager as “listening with an open mind and being able to hear the good, the bad and the ugly. Strategic listening is then taking the good and the bad and the ugly and knowing how to use the information.”

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