Thank you so much to everyone who’s listened to my new podcast, The New Corner Office. The podcast — which shares strategies for thriving in the new world of work, where location and hours are more flexible than in the past — is two weeks old today.
I’m now working on a longer written project on a similar topic. This will be a manual for succeeding in self-directed work. Plenty of people are working from home for the first time in this era of social distancing. While life will eventually return to normal, it will be hard to argue that occasional remote/flexible work is simply not an option. It is! And so people can use it as a tool toward achieving their career ambitions.
I really do think that in many cases, structuring work to be flexible (and in some cases remote) is not just about work/life balance. It’s actually a strategic advantage. Organizations are more nimble. People are happier. Lots of time is wasted driving places just to email and call people in other places. Face-to-face work is great, but like all things, there is a point of diminishing returns.
I’ve got my own ideas from running a business out of my home office for decades. For instance:
*I almost always go on a run or a walk in mid-afternoon. This is the time when my energy is flagging, and by getting some exercise, I’m then able to put in another hour or two.
*Perhaps this is a little thing, but still — I pay attention to what’s outside my window; we planted skip laurels so I no longer see the neighbors’ garage. A green view makes me happier and (I think) more productive.
*I have a Regus account and (in normal times) go work there when my home office can’t work (a home demolition happening nearby, a Wifi problem…)
In any case, I want to include lots of other people’s tips as well. If you were working flexibly/remotely pre-Covid, or (even better!) managing a remote team, I’d love to hear your strategies. How do you plan your days? How do you structure employees’ work? Any networking tips? As always, you can email me at laura at lauravanderkam dot com. Thank you!