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March 24, 2020

So you’re working from home? Now what? I want to help

Now, more than ever, we need to come together.

And interestingly, by working apart, we can actually get better connected with those “around us”.

Through our video hookups, we each let others into our otherwise private worlds, and we open up a little.

Compare that, with sitting side by side in a large open office, barely knowing the people that surround you!

“What about meetings?”, I hear you ask. “You can’t have those if everyone’s at home”.

Um, yes you can!

Here’s what we think we get from a real-life meeting:

  • A chance for people to come together and discuss important issues.

Here’s what we actually get:

  • A chance for some people to demonstrate their status and power.
  • A chance for most people to take notes and seek to avoid responsibility.

Real-life meetings are among the most hated part of work for the typical office worker. They last too long, happen too often and bore and annoy most of the people who attend. They can mostly be replaced by a memo (if they’re about transferring information) or they could be better run (if they’re about transforming information.)

Working from home ensures that you have good infrastructure and communication to transfer information. We use Google Chat for one-on-one chats as well as “meeting rooms”. 

Last week I told you about “The virtual office” where we check in and out and hence know who’s in, and who’s not. This is what that looks like:

Coming Together - Team Chat

And for meetings, we use Google Hangouts. To schedule an ad-hoc “meeting” with someone (or more than one) you simply send them a meeting link from within Google Chat.

Then hop into the meeting and wait until all invitees are “in”. Or you can schedule the meeting link into your team calendars.

Coming Together to Conquer the Crisis

How else can I help?

I’m a member of a business community group called Business Blueprint. Founder and CEO Dale Beaumont has assembled an amazing array of professional speakers who are experts in their field to deliver “Conquer the Crisis”

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/conquer-the-crisistm-business-experts-unite-to-fight-covid-19-tickets-100465890182

This event will be 100% virtual and live-streamed through Facebook from to all 2.2 million business owners across Australia for FREE this Friday 27th March from 10 am to 3 pm AEST.

Topics include

  • Mindset
  • Cash-flow Management
  • HR & Legal
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Customer Experience
  • Government Grants
  • Reinvention and More.

Plus, it is going to be interactive so you can ask your questions too.

Click HERE to register for free.

staying fit and healthy

Finally, it’s important to stay fit and healthy. Move around to prevent brain drain – but don’t keep going to the fridge! Do exercise. If you were going to the gym, one of my business colleagues who owns a gym is now struggling to stay afloat.

They’ve launched an online gym overnight, so you can keep fit at home. There’s no cost, so if you need a workout plan until your gym re-opens, click here

https://www.fitnessboxx.com.au/boxxsquad

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has affected all of us, most adversely, some positively.

 

How are you coping?

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