Tell Us Your Story: Z-Wave Alliance - Three’s a Crowd in Work-At-Home Environment
I have been working from home for many years now, so my particular setup and discipline was already in place pre-coronavirus, however now that my wife is also working from home, and our son is completing his third college semester from his bedroom, I’ll be the first to say that my once distraction-free setup and discipline has been faced with some new challenges.
As a company, Silicon Labs switched everyone over to the Zoom video conferencing platform back in January. Little did we know then what a wise decision that was, as we are now finding ourselves relying on it so heavily in the regular day to day. Company-wide, we are also starting to familiarize ourselves with Microsoft Teams, which is going well so far, especially the chat functionality.
Before the national pandemic, I traveled often for work -- usually two times per month for several days -so in getting all that travel time back, I anticipated having more time to get my work done. Turns out, since no one is traveling, the days are being eaten up with even more meetings than ever before! On the flip side of that, I’m seeing that company-wide decisions are being made more efficiently and team communication is more effective as a result. The lack of travel makes it much easier to schedule meetings/video conferences both internally and externally now that everyone is remaining at home.
Like many others, the inability to go to the gym has been a tough adjustment for me, but now that the weather is finally turning in Boston, I hope to find at least one hour a day to take my bike out. I’ll be dependent on those bike rides to offset the COVID-19-15 (the 15 pounds I’m expecting between all the desk-jockeying and being able to hit the kitchen far too often).