Home Base During a Crisis: ‘get up, clean up, and dress up’
In the middle of a global pandemic, all of us who can are advised to work from home. Many of us have worked remotely for a while now. Whether traveling, dealing with sick children, avoiding traffic or dealing with a natural disaster remote management has become part of our business DNA.
Yet, this pundit was a bit surprised at some of the social chatter about working from home for extended periods. After all, I have been working remotely for decades. Turns out, these fears have a basis in fact.
It appears there are two culprits at work here. First is our individual behaviors and secondly, there are serious productivity concerns.
A day or two, here and their remote working is fine. Things can change however; when it becomes a way of life and not everyone is well suited to labor this way.
While it all sounds good on paper, working as an individual remotely is a difficult thing to do. Humans are social beings. Most of us need to interact with others; daily.
The concept of working in my ‘underwear’ is not sustainable. Like all aspects of life, a structured process is required. First of all, ‘get up, clean up, and dress up.’ This is not the weekend where you check the odd email or holiday where you do the same on a beach with an umbrella drink.
It is your job, the source of your income and often self-worth. The risks to both of these is high when working remotely.
While not directly on this topic. This is one of the best videos on motivation and focus. Well worth your time to view it.
Working at home requires discipline as well as your ‘in office’ work ethic. Challenge will be to sustain this effort.
Some sectors such as Information Technology have encouraged its employees and contractors to work from home on a permanent basis. This was long ago considered dogma. Except that sometimes it does not work.
In 2017, I noticed that IBM was ending its ‘work from home’ policy for many workers. In their statement at the time, “In many fields, such as software development and digital marketing, the nature of work is changing, which requires new ways of working. “We are bringing small, self-directed agile teams in these fields together.” Has anything changed in less than three years?
Further confirmation of this model can be found with most of the technology innovators and accelerators today. Often accused of selling real estate these mostly for-profit enterprises claim that working together in a centralized environment encourages collaboration and cross pollination of ideas.
This is the current common business model for start up organizations around the world. In the minds of many, it must work and add value to the creative process.
Another New Normal
Is this a paradigm shift or just a short term inconvenience? Reality, probably a bit of both. E-learning has been growing and this may give that sector a boost. Software development, the presumed online job, maybe not so much.
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Critical Mass: Value from the RBC Framework
Nuclear physicists define the term, “critical mass” as the amount of fissile material whereby a nuclear reaction is self-sustaining. From that original definition, the construct is further developed along societal and political terms as a function of the environment and number of adopters and their interdependencies that create enough of a consensus for individual actions that sustains an undertaking.
In 1996, the author published the first of several case studies on a societal interaction model based on the Relationships, Behavior and Conditions (RBC) construct among economic actors. Previously the model was only in the domain of academia.
This blog addresses contemporary issues from the RBC perspective and whether in the present state they are sustainable or not. Many readers may be familiar with the “Innovation Adoption Curve.” RBC seeks to enlighten the causality of behaviors that cause movement towards the critical mass that generates movement along this diffusion curve.
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- Home Base During a Crisis: ‘get up, clean up, and dress up’ March 16, 2020
- To KISS or Not? March 9, 2020
- Freidman v Keynes February 19, 2020
Other Blogs by Dr. Shemwell
Dr. Shemwell is an author/contributor for the following 3rd party blogs.
So, You Want to be an Entrepreneur
Dr. Shemwell is a member of the Global Energy Mentors (GEM) Leadership Team. Every month he or one of his colleagues is posting timely tips to help entrepreneurs navigate the energy start up sector. Check out the Landing Page.
Governing Energy Blog
BTOES Insights is the content portal for Business Transformation & Operational Excellence opinions, reports & news. Dr. Shemwell is a contributor.
Consult 2050 connects organizations with a wide range of consultants all around the world. The firm operates an online marketplace for consultancy services.
Essays on Business and Information
This two volume set covers a series of newsletters and opinion pieces published circa 2002-2009, including Bug Lore–Lessons for the Online Economy that addressed real time systems vulnerabilities from Y2K (1998-99).
About the Author
Dr. Scott M. Shemwell has over 30 years technical and executive management experience primarily in the energy sector. He is the author of six books and has written extensively about the field of operations. Shemwell is the Managing Director of The Rapid Response Institute, a firm that focuses on providing its customers with solutions enabling Operational Excellence and regulatory compliance management. He has studied cultural interactions for more than 30 years—his dissertation; Cross Cultural Negotiations Between Japanese and American Businessmen: A Systems Analysis (Exploratory Study) is an early peer reviewed manuscript addressing the systemic structure of societal relationships.