Reinventing how we “Work From Home”

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Time for Adaptation.

Working from home used to be such a lovely idea. The thought of typing up emails in our pajamas and calling into the team conference call from the comfort of our couch was the stuff of work daydreams. The reality has proven to be much, much different.

For those of us who are lucky enough to be able to do our job from home, the logistics have been slow to get worked out. Balancing our jobs with taking care of our families is no small thing. We’re working in spurts. Starting and stopping to help kids with schoolwork or getting them going on some activity that will occupy them so we can get an hour or so of work done. Trying to schedule Zoom calls with colleagues or clients around the country or the world was hard before but now it’s like we’re herding a bunch of kittens into a room while a bunny runs frantically through the house. You better make it worth everyone’s while to get on this call, don’t you know there’s a bunny on the loose!

We’re all adapting. And it will get better.

Quarantine is probably going to get more difficult before it gets better. Most cities in the US may not peak until the end of April. New York, Detroit and New Orleans are still 5-7 days from their predicted peak as of this writing. So, many of us are going to be working from home for a while.  And for those of us who can work from home, we need to. We need to do our part to keep the economy going. Yes, we’ve been supporting small local businesses by buying gift cards and getting take-out when it’s safe. Keep doing that for sure. However, remember that your job is helping the economy too. It’s helping an economy that needs to continue forward where it can. Doing your part may mean doing your work, just doing it differently.

Depending on what you do, what you make or what service you provide, you will most likely be adapting some part of it. Maybe it’s the messaging that needs to change. Maybe project deadlines will move. Perhaps it’s just having Zoom calls with clients instead of in-person meetings. Whatever challenges you are facing in your work environment, use this time to think about how to adapt for the foreseeable future. When we are presented with unique obstacles, we can work together to create unique solutions. This may be an opportunity to try a new way of doing things, using a new tool or technology or finally getting some things on your wish list knocked off.

If at all possible, don’t freeze your spending, postpone projects or think that you can just wait till this is all over and go back to the way things were before. This is a pivotal moment for all of us. We need each other. We need to help each other adapt and thrive.

So what challenges are you facing? What would help you work better from home? Brainstorm, research, find out what other companies are using to get them through this time. How can you make your working-from-home tasks the most efficient and productive they can be? This is the time when we can work smarter not longer to reach our goals. Let’s make those zoom calls as dynamic and worthwhile as they can be so we can get back to building an indoor race track with our kids or getting on a call with our retired parents who are going stir crazy and just don’t understand this whole Tiger King thing at all.

At Command.App we’ve been using our platform on Zoom calls for a long time. We can help. Contact us and we can do a virtual demo with you. You can see how we use a mobile app platform to demonstrate, present, and enhance a call all from your home. We’d love to hear what challenges you’re facing and see if we can help you navigate a solution. Even if you think it’s not the right time, please check it out. It may be something that sparks an idea for something in the future. At the very least it will be a 15 minute call that gets you out of helping your kids with their home school assignment – at least for a bit.

Remember, there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. And we may just come out the other side of this and realize that we like the new ways we’re doing things. We’ve integrated technology and apps that really do make our lives easier and more productive. We’ve worked through challenges and now we’re more equipped to handle obstacles. And most of all, we’re working smarter and have more time to enjoy all the people and things we realized were so important to us. And no, Tiger King is not one of them.  

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