Systemscope reopened its physical office this week. As of September 14th, any staff member who wanted to transition back to working in the office, full or part time, had the option to. As we prepared and actually reopened, we identified three best practices that worked well for us: good communication with the team, clear signage and flexibility.
As we continue to work from home due to COVID-19, we’ve realized how much we miss our office space. It’s not only a place where we gather to punch the clock, it’s a place where we argue over where the best pizza spot is, host taste tests to determine whether organic is better than conventional fruit and have indoor snowball fights. Yes, we have done all of these recently.
We are Lisa and Evelyn, and we have decided to talk about our friendship, the benefits of office friendships and how workplaces can support them, as well as some of the lessons we’ve learned along the way.
There is a lot of discourse about working from home right now. It’s understandable, COVID-19 has forced us to embrace working virtually from home offices.
This is not ordinary remote work. Traditional work-from-home scenarios have been up-ended as people try to simultaneously juggle work, family and self-care under a higher amount of stress. Some days are better than others.
“The biggest mistake any us can make in these situations is to misinform” Barack Obama April 9, 2020, Bloomberg Philanthropies, COVID-19 Local Response Initiative
We all know that misinformation is rampant during a time of crisis. Despite knowing this, I have been in a near-constant state of angst in the past few weeks because of the COVID-19 misinformation that I have seen shared via social media, texts, direct messaging, and emails. And this doesn’t even include those comments on social media sites that, as a rule, I completely ignore. There’s no point providing multiple examples of this misinformation – suffice to say, Bill Gates did not write a letter saying that COVID-19 is a “great corrector.” The Guardian news site recently published an opinion piece claiming that “Coronavirus misinformation is dangerous. Think before you share.” read more