In the past, working from home was something that was reserved for certain specific areas of the business world. Nowadays, however, almost everyone works from home in remote capacities. And last but not least, the physical separation in our own home offices brought us a shared experience that ultimately brought us closer together.
5 Fully assignable anecdotes from home
Before the COVID 1
According to a new study published in April 2020, nearly 58 percent of the entire US workforce is temporarily working full-time from home. In other words, the population working from home has increased substantially by a multiple of 10.
This means, among other things, that more than 80 million American workers are now connecting through a huge shared experience. And here are some of the best assignable takeaways:
- Changing Outfits for a Zoom Call
There's nothing like the last minute notification that you will have a zoom video meeting in 15 minutes. They run into the bedroom, put on a clean shirt, brush their hair with a brush, and try to look normal from the waist up. Once the call ends, push yourself back into your PJs and continue your workday. (We were all there!)
- Switching Between 18 Different Communication Apps
Frustrated by the fact that you have to switch between dozens of different communication apps to stay up to date at work? From email to Slack to project management software, your day feels like a slap in the mouth trying to find and neutralize notifications so you can actually get something done. You want your boss to recognize that there are digital workplace platforms that can be used to easily centralize all remote team communication.
- I look forward to going to the kitchen
When you were working in an office, you were always excited to get in your car and drive to a restaurant for lunch with a friend. Not much activity is required to pump you up these days. Just a glass of water in the kitchen is enough to make your heart beat faster. (Hooray for the change of scene!)
- Being a curious neighbor
We have all become those curious old neighbors we hated earlier – those who secretly watch everything that happens in the neighborhood from the inside
If If you have a home office at the front of the house, you have a mental agenda for the whole day. ( Karen goes for a run at 6:30. Kevin and Amy like to enjoy their morning coffee on the swing on the veranda. The garbage truck swings by at 8:00 am while the crazy teenage daughter of the neighbor races around at 8:00 am every morning: 3:00 p.m. from your driveway. Then at 11:00 a.m. there is the FedEx truck, which is closely followed by the UPS driver who looks like a nice guy.) In fact you are up and coming in the neighborhood that you rightly fear if Karen doesn't jog at 6:30 a.m. Congratulations – you're an 85-year-old retiree right away!
- Never pay attention to what actually happens in zoom meetings
Have you ever wondered why zoom meetings are so unproductive? This is probably because everyone is doing exactly what you are doing. You know …
- Checking every single house of your employees.
- You stared at your video feed and asked yourself: "Did my nose always look like this?"
- Constantly fidgeting with your camera. ("Maybe it should be a little higher?")
- Trying to pretend you don't see an employee trying to inconspicuously remove their child from the range of the camera.
With all this craziness, it seems like the actual content of a meeting might make up three percent of the total call.
Working from Home: The New Normal?
The expression "new normality" is almost as overused and exhausting as words like "unsafe" and "unprecedented". Newscasters and talk show experts throw it like candy at a parade on July 4th. But that's exactly what will turn out.
While certain industries will resume as usual in the coming weeks, many companies will stick to telework indefinitely. And you know what that means: more exciting walks in the kitchen, distracted zoom meetings and opportunities to remember exciting activities in the neighborhood.
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