Once upon a time (like six months ago), working from home was seen as a work/life balance perk. People who’d been with a company for a while could maybe negotiate to work from home on Fridays. But while remote work made the lists of various “future trends” people should know about, it didn’t happen nearly as often as it could.
Then, in March, the Covid-19 pandemic swept through the US and Europe. Whole organizations went virtual overnight. While some work cannot be done remotely, and we’re learning that some work is really hard to do well remotely (I’m thinking elementary education), much general information work can. I do hope life will go back to normal. But I’m betting that remote work will remain a bigger part of the picture, with a lot of people working from home 2-3 days per week and the office 2-3 days per week in order to get…the best of both worlds.
In this episode of Best of Both Worlds, Sarah and I talked about some common work-from-home issues, with tips from my new ebook, The New Corner Office (also the name of one of my other podcasts). We cover Zoom fatigue, distractions, and how to cope with limited childcare. I have to admit that when my agent, my publisher, and I discussed doing this quick-turnaround book in April, and then I learned that “quick” meant July, part of me thought…hmm…will that be too late? But here we are. This “future trend” is upon us, and I’m guessing will be for a while.
Please give the episode a listen! And I’d appreciate if you’d consider getting a copy of the ebook. If you read it, please write a review, and then let me know so I can thank you!