Category Archives: Working From Home

Working from home: supporting your workforce

Working from home: supporting your at-home workforce

Working from home on the sofa in pajamasI’ve been working from home since the early 90s;  sporadically at first and then full time since 2004-ish.  My first at-home computer was a Compaq 386 “luggable”, carted home for me from Wall Street on the LIRR by a colleague who parked at the same train station. It was about the size and weight of a portable sewing machine, and it was awarded to me by management so I could avoid motion sickness during chemotherapy. I quickly found that I had the personality and self-discipline to be productive while working from home. I’ve had consistent, long-term success with remote work. I’ve seen it similarly succeed in others, but fail for many.

Right now, working from home is necessary

The COVID-19 pandemic has now driven a mass-migration of staff out of the corporate office and into the home office.  Many of these newly-remote workers have never worked from home before.  In addition to general inexperience with the situation, there are several other factors at play that can produce undesired results.

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Feast, Famine, FREELANCE! The Roundup 09-08-2015

ParadiseCoastConsultingLLC.comFeast, Famine, FREELANCE! The Roundup 09-08-2015

Freelancing can be associated with many F-words (no, not THAT one), but they won’t all fit on the subject line. Feast, famine, and fire hose are all excellent descriptors of volume and timing as freelancing work ebbs and flows. Then there’s flexibility, the F-word that allows me to take a day here and a day there to attend a workshop, embark upon a naturalist expedition, or get some volunteer work done during the work week.

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Practice Safe Computing – The Roundup 08-23-2015

“Woman Sitting On Briefcase” by Ambro |FreeDigitalPhotos.netPractice Safe Computing – The Roundup 08-23-2015

It has been a very busy (read: billable) week here in the land of freelance ambiguity.

I’ve bought and installed a MUCH more ergonomic desk in the home office. My beautiful antique oak school teacher’s desk just wasn’t designed for hours and hours of computing time. Ergonomics and body mechanics while computing are just as important as firewalls and virus scanners.

The new desk arrived just in time. I’ve been embroiled in a big, juicy project, and my non-profit work is spinning along, too. I’ve promised myself a massage just as soon as the project is turned in. Oh, and I’m a year older than the last time you heard from me. The new desk and the massage are birthday presents to myself.

Here’s a sample of what I felt compelled to share this week:

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Digital content and more – The Roundup 08-16-2015

sunset on Fort Myers BeachDigital Content and more – The Roundup 08-16-2015

It was a busy week, and that made it a good week.  If there was a huge, international trending topic this week, it flew under my radar. That happens sometimes, when you’ve got your head down in work.

Emerging from such a week can feel like the aftermath of an intense workout – you’re drenched, spent, yet exhilarated.

It was a GOOD week. Here’s what I’ve been sharing… Continue reading Digital content and more – The Roundup 08-16-2015

Online privacy tools – The Roundup 08-08-2015

Online privacy, environment, foodie, nature geek, social media, working from homeOnline privacy tools and more – The Roundup 08-08-2015

Another week, another collection of things I read and posted about. The big topic of discussion this week was the GOP debate on Fox News. You’ll be grateful to hear that I won’t be commenting on that.  At all. You’re welcome.

I’m changing the name of this weekly post, and it will be different every week.  Yoast made me do it. May have to migrate to another solution, but for now, it’s still some flavor of Roundup.

ONLINE PRIVACY and RISK MANAGEMENT

Having worked in information risk management most of my career, the tendency to think like a risk manager spills over into my personal life. However, most consumers who use various social media channels haven’t yet caught up to why personal information risk management should even be a “thing” in their lives. At last, here’s a collection of consumer-grade tools and easily-understood rationales for their adoption and use.  Covers permissions, VPN, online search, and other topics and tools.  You’re welcome!

And then, there’s the latest privacy insanity from Facebook –

I know a woman who was denied an opportunity for her company to partner with Company X because of something her husband did in his youth. Yes, they not only background-checked my friend (as well they should), but also her husband – who hasn’t anything to do with her business.

I believe that on the job, people should be judged on their own performance, and not that of their friends or family.  Anything beyond that, and you’re drifting into a very gray area where the risk of a lawsuit could outweigh the risk of employing staff who hang out with human beings prone to human error.

PS – my friend’s company is kicking Company X’s tail at the moment. I bet they wish they had a piece of that.

ENVIRONMENT

I used to blog for What’s Your Impact?, a website concerned with climate change. Every now and then, one of my posts resurfaces, and they give me a shout on Twitter. I wish I still had time for this, but I need billable hours these days.  

I’ve run across the concept of “dominion = stewardship” before. The concept exists in various religious and spiritual traditions, and has been expressed by prominent figures throughout history. So many who believe in using, abusing, and laying waste to the Earth’s resources fail to comprehend that “dominion” does not mean “I’m the boss of you, Planet Earth, and I’ll do with you whatever I want”. What it really means is, “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required.” (Luke 12:48). Or to put it into more contemporary terms, “With great power comes great responsibility” (Spiderman). It is my most fervent wish that the world’s leaders would embrace the concept of stewardship, instead of allowing Big Money to run roughshod over the planet.

SOCIAL MEDIA and DIGITAL CONTENT

I was excited to try out Hootsuite’s solution for scheduling Instagram posts. To be honest, I think I like Latergramme’s solution better. It’s a little clunky to have to manually transfer captions. I’ll give it a few more tries before reverting to Latergramme.

By the way – this is a shot of the restored ceiling at the Sydney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers, Florida, home of T.G.I.M. (Thank God for Indie Mondays) presented by the Fort Myers Film Festival. This is a great way to spend the first Monday evening of each month. Check out the schedule for more information.

WORKING FROM HOME and FOODIE

Working from home successfully is not just about how you’ve outfitted your home office. There’s a refrigerator down there, and I often hear it calling me. Working from home can be both a challenge and a blessing when it comes to nutrition. If it’s in the house, you WILL eat it. Therefore, if it’s in the house, make sure that it is healthy, nutritious, and convenient. A little prep ahead of time plus judicious use of the freezer can go a long way toward keeping you well-fed but not unhealthy.

NATURE GEEK

Obligatory nature geek post; finally edited the photos from a hike through Paynes Prairie that took place at the end of June. Lots of bright light is not a photographer’s friend, but we do what we can – enjoy!
2015-06-27 Paynes Prairie | Gainesville, FL