Corona thoughts, part 7

When we discuss the future of (remote) work, we should not only discuss the various digital tools that enable this but also the foundation for it all to work: Great, stable connectivity.

At the start of the lockdown, I finally got our household on the new fiber connection, I ordered almost a year ago. Before that we had TV, laptops, iPads and mobile phones on a wobbly 20Mb on/off connection through copper that would have completely crashed with the added stress of fulltime remote work for two people AND home schooling.

In other words: We were lucky to get a bump up connection in time. And I have a sense that access to the right connectivity will be yet another divider of the haves and have nots going forward. Because if your basic infrastructure is not in place and up for the job, no fancy tools are going to make you efficient from a distance.

PS: My now soon-to-be-former provider adviced me to not send their router back but instead ship it to a museum. Funny, although…interesting…that a provider charges premium prices for something they know is antiquated.

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Corona thoughts, Part 6

A lot of people are busy talking about how the current pandemic and the lockdown will change the way we live and the way we work going forward.

Focusing on the latter, some people suggest that the time of the office hours is dead, and that more people will be working remotely from hereon, because it is so much more efficient.

A word of caution: Don’t use the behaviour during times of great stress to extrapolate what will happen, when things get back to something resembling a normal situation again. People are right now fighting from a distance for their businesses and their next paycheck. That may seem like a lot of efficience but in reality it is just stress with extra stress and in no way something that is sustainable for the longer term.

All leaders thinking the opposite will – by and large and with a few exceptions to cement the rule – in the long term have a hard time recruiting anybody since through their actions they have shown a complete disregard for the human needs that is also part of what enables us as workers to do a great job.

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