How will the coming days/weeks shape how we work going forward? – April 8th, 2020

Issue Eighteen: How will the coming weeks shape how we work going forward?

One of the big changes most of us are facing right now is getting used to working from home. And no, this isn’t another how-to. There’s plenty of good content out there and, truthfully, in many ways, if you can master Zoom and craft a schedule that maximizes your productivity, you’ve got it down.

I’ve done my share of working from home, and I’ve talked to plenty of consultants or small business-owners for whom the Pandemic lock-down isn’t far different from their “normal.” Most of them tell me (and I’d agree) that they get far more done when they’re at home than in the office. Does that mean we should do away with offices? Of course not. But if the coming weeks show anything, I wonder if they’ll prove (or disprove) the following?

  • Individual productivity improves dramatically from home.
  • Overhead costs can be decreased dramatically with more WFH personnel.
  • Innovation and creativity soar when you increase your WFH element. Although I’ll admit, I’m not entirely sure what KPI you use to measure this one.
  • People are willing to go above and beyond more often when you trust them to work from home.
  • It is possible to build a highly effective remote team.

And perhaps the most important, although (again) I’m not sure how it’s measured: Your company is only as strong as your people.

The great Warren Buffet once said “I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulsive decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.”

I’d argue that working from home allows a little more time for thinking, reflecting and growing. It’s not just your executives that you want thinking. You want the collective resource. I’d further argue that the typical office environment is, at times, chaotic, distracting and conducive to more reaction and less proactivity.

So if you can, pay close attention to the changes in your business as your team increasingly works from home. You may find some incredible gains there, after all.

By the way, if you have some challenges you’d like to see us discuss in the context of “new” technology, send them our way! Just email me at jpaolino@lssoftwaresolutions.com.

Until Next Week,

Jim

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