Working from Home: Week Thirty-Five

Today marked the end of my thirty-fifth week of working from home (mostly). Here are my takeaways from week thirty-five:

  • Hybrid college class – This week I presented to an entrepreneurship class at a local university. I attended virtually, but the class was hybrid. Some students were in the classroom (with masks), and others joined in via Zoom. It was interesting to watch. I’m wondering if the hybrid model will be the norm for undergraduate courses.
  • Holidays –I noticed that people are talking about holiday plans and scheduling things is becoming more difficult. I think people are beginning to go into holiday mode mentally. This year has been rough, and I imagine lots of folks are looking forward to the holidays more than ever.
  • Strengthening teams – I’m thinking more about how teams can build bonds and rapport while everyone is working from home. As I wrote yesterday, I think random unplanned conversations strengthen teams way more than people think, and they’re nonexistent now. It feels like the missing link in this work-from-home world. If this problem is solvable, it’s a massive opportunity.

Week thirty-five was pretty calm and uneventful. I guess I’m starting to adjust my pace to holiday mode too!

I’ll continue to learn from this unique situation, adjust as necessary, and share my experience.