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05.18.2020 (10 Days Ago)

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What Does the Future Look Like?
What Does the Future Look Like?
10 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:

Last week I sat in my new home office--otherwise known as my daughter’s old bedroom--looking at an 800 page deposition transcript that I had to read. Rather than sit in the office and read, I moved to my living room. I made myself a cup of coffee, put my feet up and began reading.

 

About an hour and a half in, I realized that even though I was sitting on a couch with my feet up drinking coffee, I was very focused on my task. I had taken excellent notes on what I was read and I was able to read straight through for that period of time, not distracted by my computer screen which was still back in my home office.

 

 

For the first time I began to really think about what my time in the office might look like when we begin unpausing. Returning to my office full time had been an automatic assumption. But now I’m not so certain. I have learned that I am more than capable of getting work done in a comfortable environment without the necessity of a commute. In addition, I believe that the virtual court conferences we have been conducting will continue and my need to physically be in the court house will lessen.

 

 

One of my biggest concerns leaving my office in March was missing vital telephone calls. But, with the use of technology, that has not been problematic. Most of my clients, attorneys and judges have my cell phone number and freely call me there. And I receive messages left on my office voicemail via email. So I have been able to respond timely. My fear of missing telephone calls was unfounded.

 

 

I am beginning to think that, when we do unpause, I may not return to the office full time. I can work efficiently from home. I can “attend” court conferences from home. So, while I know I will maintain my current office space, I do not believe that you will find me in the office five days a week as you did before the pause. When I left my office on March 20, I never expected not to return full time. Yet, I have learned through this experience that I do not need be there every day.

 

 

What does your return to work look like?

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  •  Fred wrote 10 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I think landlords are in trouble.
     
       
     
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  •  Daniel_Schwartz wrote 10 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I believe many will follow your thought about working less from an office space and more from home. I think the reality will set in when people just don't want to go through the commute when faced with an hour or more of wasted time twice a day. It will be interesting to see how it all unfolds.
     
       
     
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  •  Rick_Raymond wrote 10 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    What came to mind reading Rona's post was how a forest fire scorches the landscape - yet, or because of it, life springs back but not necessarily as it was before.
     
       
     
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  •  Victoria_Drogin wrote 10 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I saw a statistic this morning that 37% of the population can work at home from their laptops. For this subset, much like travel almost ceased right after 911 and all of a sudden I wasn’t flying all over the country to see clients but rather video conferencing with them, we will see a new normal. I agree with you Rona, I can be extremely efficient at home. Even on my couch! However my students (More than clients) are desperate to return to a classroom where I can see them in real time, not through a computer screen. I think that for many small businesses face-to-face service (and services) are an essential option. So maybe it will depend on the industry and type of business? I honestly can say that I know a lawyer who did NOT have a home office before this started. That was extraordinary to me. I couldn’t believe it! He never worked outside of the office, no laptop Or anything! Very old-school. I guess we are in a transition in many ways.
     
       
     
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  •  Gail_Koelln wrote 10 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    I've been working from home since 2006 and I love it!!
     
       
     
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  •  sbloom wrote 10 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    The new normal is already here. Less physical contact. More working from home. Better hygiene. Continued implementation of technology everywhere.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Corey_Bearak wrote 9 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    Followers of my blog know for me the more things change they remain the same. TIt makes me recall a song unreleased by Poco, Nothing's Still the Same that appeared on a compilation following the brief reunion of the original lineup: https://youtu.be/8ZUPVaJ82i4
     
       
     
     
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  •  Amparo_Connors wrote 8 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    For the past three years I've been working more and more from home, or while in FL at my Disney Home away from home (DVC). This abrupt ALL work from home, also as of 3/20, has been tougher than I expected. I miss the real day to day interactions with my staff. Email, zoom and regular calls do not give me the same sense of 'teamwork'. Yes work is getting done but the collaboration of ideas is not 'free flowing'. I suspect this feeling is the same for most in a service, people centered, industry. I have a better home office set up now, but miss and do look forward to going back to my 'real' office. Granted I mostly commuted not during rush hour, a short 10-15 minute drive; if had a long commute I'd feel differently.
     
       
     
     
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