Tyler's Trending Tuesday

Author: Tyler Cox

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Welcome all, to Tyler’s Trending Tuesdays! 
 

Let’s try something new. Let’s put these “work from home tips” articles in the past and focus on the NOW. The now that includes: how will offices open back up? Are people becoming worn-out from working from home? And what kind of changes are going to happen to the AV world.  

That’s why we created Tyler’s Trending Tuesdays – with me, Tyler.  

This is a place to give readers updated information about how our industry is planning on continuing to work through this pandemic and how things may change for collaboration moving forward. We’ve done the research for you and will keep you up to date on the latest trends.  

 

What have we learned so far?  

Burnout –                       

One of the biggest things that has been seen is that people’s attitude towards working from home will differ no matter who you talk to. This world is filled with introverts, extroverts and beyond so you will get different opinions on whether they are happy or not with this current situation. Whether you are happy or not, there is going to come a time where days feel longer and being productive might seem a bit difficult. A new Monster survey stated:  

“Half of employees telecommuting due to the coronavirus are experiencing burnout, yet 52% don’t have plans to take a break.”  

In order to help with this burnout, large businesses like Google, on May 22nd, are giving its entire company a day off ahead of the holiday weekend to relax and get a good break. For a lot of individuals, working from home is a new situation and it’s not something you can get into the groove of in a couple days. Even after a month it still might be difficult. Families being quarantined at home while parents must juggle work and becoming “homeschoolers” now to their children. It is A LOT. Anxiety ridden for sure.  

 

Day by day -  

While many states are starting to put opening regulations out, many companies are still taking this day by day. And what that means is that working from home will be here for a few more months for most. For some it might be mandated to work from home and for other companies it might be an option, but a recent NY Times article stated: 

“Corporate America is in no rush to return employees to their campuses and skyscrapers. The companies are racing not to be the first back, but the last. An increasing number of them, which mostly have white-collar employees, have recently extended work-from-home policies far beyond the shelter-in-place timelines mandated by state and local authorities” 

In these unprecedented times, things are changing so rapidly that we don’t know what is in front of us a week from now, so we take it as each day comes.  

 

What happens when offices open back up? 

With technology that allows us to have successful day to day meetings, virtual events and even in-home happy hours many are asking, why we should push for reopening’s when this seems to be working just fine for now? As Sean Wargo, Senior Director of Market Intelligence at AVIXA, stated:  

“The need for conferencing and collaboration existed before, but we’ve just hit overdrive on it. The industry is being forced to adapt quickly and push forward.” 

He’s right. While adapting to this current situation has not been easy, some are questioning things like: are open workspaces or huddle rooms dead? Will we rely more heavily on large conference rooms with smaller attendee counts spread apart? 

 

Here are a few key things I’ve seen in the past week or so: 

Recently seen on Business Insider

“There may be staggered waves of employees coming into the office, as well as rolling schedules, such as a rotation for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Workers may arrange their week accordingly, planning heads-down individual tasks for the days they work from home and group project for when they go into the office.” 

Nothing is definite in these types of situations, but all good things to consider when taking the transition to opening back up! 

 

Is WFH here to stay? 

Job flexibility is a huge factor when folks are searching for new roles and since our unemployment is at an all-time high, companies will have to take this into consideration when hiring. Talk of 4-day work weeks with 10 hours a day. Companies not resigning leases on their huge offices to save themselves money. Instead maybe have folks work from home and have offices rented out in workspaces for people to go to when they need a break from home. For the time being if we focus on what you get done instead of where that work gets done, we can keep ourselves productive and not rush into anything.  

 

Where do we go from here? 

The answer to this question will be ever-changing for a little bit and that’s why I’m here to keep you posted on what you can do as things do transition. There will be small changes and then there will be big changes, but one thing I heard that really caught my attention came from Chief People Officer at Emplify, Adam Weber:  

“Offices will be a place of convenience and comradery rather than accountability. We’ll see more companies moving to a remote-first’ model where people can work wherever they want, whether that’s in the office or elsewhere.” 

I wish I had a “What to expect when you’re expecting” type book for all you folks out there looking for concrete answers, but what I can say is, check in for updates from me on every Tuesday for more information!