Home Offices, Standups and Toolkits
Welcome to this week’s Remote Work Newsletter! Each week we drop a remote work tip video, a work-from-anywhere insight and a recommendation to discover more about remote work.
Remote Work Video: Set Up Your Home Office for Success
Video Length: 111 Seconds
If you are like most remote workers you work from your home at least some of the time. Is your home office set up to help you be productive? In this week’s video, we look at some simple things you can do to make your home office setup work well for you.
Work From Anywhere Insight
If you’ve ever worked in an office with software developers you have probably heard of something called a “daily standup”. In physical offices, this is a short (up to 15 minute) meeting, with the participants physically standing to keep it brief and focused. During the meeting, each team member shares their progress since the last standup, what they plan to accomplish before the next one and any obstacles they may be facing. While software teams started the practice, it has since spread to teams doing all kinds of work.
A few weeks back in this newsletter we mentioned how daily standups can help in remote work settings and based on your feedback, it raised a few eyebrows. Some of you pointed out that a daily standup forces everyone to connect at the same time, and isn’t the point of remote work that it allows you flexibility in when and where you work?
Our answer to that in any work environment, there is a need to promote communication and collaboration among team members, help identify any blockers or issues and ensure everyone is on the same page. Standups can be a very effective way to accomplish that, but of course are not the only way. However, any work environment is a balance between meeting the needs of individuals, teams and organizations, and while you may have more flexibility over your schedule, it doesn’t mean you should expect total flexibility.
A final couple of thoughts on this. Virtual teams often work across different time zones, so if you decide to do regular standups, you need to pick a time that will work for everyone. A good rule of thumb to use is the earliest reasonable time that regularly works for all participants. This is because standups can act as a great trigger to get going on work and you want that benefit to be felt by as many team members as possible. Oh, and does everyone need to actually stand up when remote? Not necessarily, but most remote workers sit way too much anyway, so why not use the health benefit?
One of the interesting new things you have to do when you work outside of the office is decide what equipment you need to work effectively. In our Making Remote Work podcast we sat down with Jamie Ostroe of B2BReviews to discuss things that should be on every remote workers shopping list. The video of this episode is available here and of course you can always find Making Remote Work on our favorite podcast platform.
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