I’ve worked for remote teams for a few years now, and I can honestly say that this is true. What’s more, every time I read someone complain about how remote working isn’t working for the organization, as you read the … Read More
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And this really brings me back to my point, that we do a poor job of truly understanding science, statistics and cause and effect. We believe that algorithms have all been well-thought out, and produce a “true” result, even when they are trying to predict something as unpredictable as what traffic will look like 20 years from now. We assume social science studies are giving us the “right” answer for how to educate people, or train them for the best outcomes, without considering what we are teaching them about the larger world. We assume that we can tweak one belief, or one thing, without human beings reacting to those changes in unpredictable ways, all the while thinking our one change will cause the reaction we DO predict.
We assume a lot that should never be assumed. We over-simplify a world that actually has more influences than we can possibly account for, and assume that what is really a small statistical difference represents a universal truth.
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Most of these sound awful, and the ones that are “not so voluntary” attempts to make sure workers are engaged sound even worse.
Actually, I suspect they are doing a lot more harm to engagement than good.
There are ways to network during this time. They’re different, they’re a little more work, and they take some getting used to. But they don’t need to be ridiculous, and they definitely don’t need to be forced.
In fact, this is a great time to simply send someone a note asking for 15-30 minutes of their time. Most of us are pretty open to doing exactly that with coworkers or peers in our industry. I’d be happy to find some time to have a conversation with you about my industry, or mental health, or blogging. Or even to just have a coffee or beer with virtually. We don’t even need to be on our webcams if you don’t want.
See, isn’t that better than having 50 people on mute while the CEO talks, or getting randomly matched with coworkers?
Ugh, the introvert in me shudders to think about some of these. Please, don’t. Just ask someone to get a coffee like we used to.… Read More
Thanks to a mention in a recent newsletter from Manager Tools, I found this story about the Choluteca bridge in Honduras, and even though this happened in 1998, it felt like a 2020 thing, right? The designers of the new … Read More
I guess I could see this happening. Teams or Slack chats are real-time, people feeling angry might be tempted to voice their unfiltered opinions on them, much like we see on Twitter, etc. “If workers don’t feel they have a … Read More
Google Has a Plan to Disrupt the College Degree?This is pretty interesting, could work, if we can get orgs to see it as “qualified”. Would open a ton of doors.
Toward a Zoom agreement?”The purpose of a meeting is not to fill the allocated slot on the Google calendar invite. The purpose is to communicate an idea and the emotions that go with it, and to find out what’s missing via engaged conversation. If we can’t do that, let’s not meet.”
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