Episode 139 – So now you work from home


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This week we are going to focus on the most relevant topic for a lot of people right now: working from home/remote for the first time, and dealing with it. We’ll talk about setup, some tips and tricks we’ve learned over the last few years, and also staying sane when the news isn’t.

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5 Replies to “Episode 139 – So now you work from home”

  1. My boss decided to schedule social meetings 3 days a week in Teams. They’re scheduled for periods where were normally slow and would be chatting anyway, so they work out. We all turn on our cameras and just talk.

  2. My terrible dark humor caused me to email my therapist who has been working with my on agoraphobia and tell him he’s gonna be a lot busier. (And asked to do the next visit by telephone.)

    So much for “hey, you need to find that boardgaming cafe”.

  3. I know it’s fun to rag on bosses and complain about micro-management, but this time is really really hard for us. We’ve got bosses too and they need to know that we’re all still working and there are no problems in the department. At the same time, we’re trying to make sure that all of our leaders and their teams are healthy and sane with all the equipment and human contact they need.

    Throwing in multiple stand ups and alignment meetings in a day, and reporting isn’t always micromanagement. A lot of the time it’s about making sure multiple small teams are aligned and working strongly together and we can’t do that without some structure.

    It’s been an interesting week. I’ve spent 99% of my day in video chats making sure the department is happy and that we’re all aligned together and have made more speeches than Commander Sinclair in Series 1 of Babylon 5.

    Remember, your bosses are going to be losing it too and no-one looks after them. If anyone wants a Zoom call to talk about coping strategies, happy to make myself available.

    Be kind.

  4. Hi Kevin, I’ve been saving up badge codes for a while, and when I put them in today I got a really weird glitch. After I put the first code in, Episode 130, I got one notification email. After the second I got two notification emails. After the third I got three. Etc, etc, until I received nine for the ninth (Episode 138). It didn’t cause me any problems since gmail just stacked each set in its own conversation, but I thought you might want to take a look.

    Thanks!

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