We’re calling this the “mostly un-necessary summary” because, if the previous 11 posts haven’t given you the information you needed, odds are you won’t find it here. Because this post isn’t about information, it’s about encouragement.
We want to address actual pieces of tech to improve your remote working experience. After all, this IS THWACK. It was inevitable before we finished this series, we’d dig into the bits and bytes; the wires and gear; and the programs and protocols of all this.
A lot of the tips in this series are predicated on the idea that the work we do is largely individual contributions. But the truth is at SolarWinds (and probably where you work, too), we do a lot of brainstorming, whiteboarding, and even four-hands-one-keyboard-ing. How can we continue to work together when we’re not actually together.
We want to discuss your options for staying on-task and on time. There are a lot of distractions at home, and your mind won’t be in the same headspace as if you went to the office. At least not right away—this takes a (usually small) adjustment period. Here are some tips and tricks from a few WFH veterans on maintaining focus, taking breaks, and managing tasks among other things
With the progression of the impact of COVID-19 across companies, communities, and schools, there’s a good chance you aren’t going to be home alone. Potentially, this means getting used to multiple adults working from home, kids doing distance learning, and a menagerie of pets wanting attention all within a shared space. That shared space may have felt big enough for all of you previously, but with the added pressure of work and all being cooped up for prolonged periods of time, even a warehouse would start to feel cramped.
The number one question people have been asking as they move to remote work is not “How do I set up my Wi-Fi?” or “How do I make my kitchen table more comfortable to sit at?” No, the first thing people are saying is, “I feel so disconnected.” Or, “I feel like I’m not good at this.” Or simply, “I don’t like this.” Simply stated, people need to know how they are going to establish a feeling of community and connection.
So many things at SolarWinds, arise out of a desire to share our experiences and offer lessons we learned. In this case, our goal is to help you wrap your head around the new reality of you (and your users) working remotely when it wasn’t part of our work habit before.
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