Hi Kendra, love this article. Your points about a webcam and breaking up the day are excellent. I didn't realize that having a webcam would be useful, but I can see that it would. I've heard of stories where people at meetings at Microsoft, are constantly trying to multitask during the meeting, which must lead to at least a few people not following what's being discussed closely. I've adapted a Pomodoro pattern, using Windows Alarms & Clocks.
But I've got two things I want to bring up. We use both Skype for Business and MS Teams where I work. Most people's bosses (mine included) require that both apps be running at all times. The bosses expect to interrupt anyone at anytime as well as any other colleague being able to interrupt one's concentration at any time. Your recommendation is a nice idea, but the culture where I work forbades it.
Second, which is something I think you should have included in your list, is a cultural change may need to be done. I work for a large state government department. Very recently our governor announced a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 virus, and asked that "non-essential personnel" work from home. In this state there is no tolerance for people working from home, either in the public sector or the private sector. For the time being our CIO has declared everyone is an essential person, thus side stepping whether nor not we can work from home. We just had an online meeting in which the CIO said that the State personnel office is working on a a policy for working from home. Since this state's attitude is so forcefully against people working at home, I get the feeling that those who have to change the policy are extremely upset having to allow people to work from home. I've asked several managers, in the past, what the business reasons were for not allowing remote work. Most of the time they don't answer the question. If they do, there's two answers: (1) "We've always done it this way" (which to me is more of an excuse than a business reason). (2) Its an issue of trust, as in they don't trust their employees to actually work from home. (As far as I've been able to find out, there's no precedent to support this distrust because they never actually allowed people to work from home, it's just that it's never been done before.) So, I would add that something has to be done to change the culture and attitudes. I confess that at this point I really don't have any ideas or answers as to how to do that. I've found that if people have a firm idea embedded in their thinking, it will almost take an act of Congress to change it.
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