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TIPS & LESSONS FOR 2022: REMOTE WORK IS TO STAY

Remote work and WFH isn't going away. If you haven't adapted, now it's the right time to do it! Act now!

 

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For years I've been a big fan of co-located teams and loved going to the office. I'm an introvert, so I did it not for socialising, but for believing that it's the fastest and most efficient way how to work together. You solve issues faster, you brainstorm in an easy way and you can easily approach colleagues for a question or tip.

So when Covid pandemic and WFH started, I was one of the first to deal with it as a temporary thing and even worked from my bedroom from the first days. Literally, in my bed. In denial.

We're now almost 2 years further, and I still haven't got a proper home office. I've got an allocated desk, monitors etc., but no whiteboards, bookshelves or anything else.

In the weekend I finally got an ergonomic chair which works great! (so far using other less optimal chairs) And there are many more things I could invest in to make WFH better (e.g., a standing dask)

 

So my advice for you - please, don't be me. If you're in denial or miss going to the office, let's face the reality. We might get a chance to do it for a few weeks, until the next pandemic wave where we'll be staying at home for months again.

So get those extra monitors. Keyboard. Good furniture. The right place in your house/apartment. Make it a real office. Dedicate a day for it.

 

If you're a leader, get your team to do it. Give them time to prioritise it. Promote it. In one of my previous teams, we made a contest on showing your home office and sending tips & tricks to each other, followed by prizes for the most creative solutions - thanks to management for giving us budget to do it.

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Yes! For those who have not accepted at least some element of remote work (if that makes sense for their company), they won't be adjusting their practices (and to your point, @Anita Kalmane, even things like physical environments). And not adjusting practices, even if only for a finite period of time, is going to slow momentum.

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