Teleworking: Day 21

In mid-March when I realized I would have to work from home, I started thinking about my home office. I thought for sure the best thing for me would be to set up in the family room. So I told hubby:

  • Don’t bug me while I’m at work.
  • Keep the dog away from me.
  • While I’m on a phone call, turn down the TV and music.
  • You can’t bug me while I’m working!

Yeah, like that happened. I mean, I didn’t set up in the family room. I took over the dining room table. (Do I care if hubby might think it’s strange I’d rather work from the dining room table? Heck no!)

From my desk (I mean table), I can see out the front room window. I didn’t have the luxury of a window view from my desk at the office. From my table, I can see the sun through the front room windows. I can see all the neighborhood stay-at-homers walking, riding bikes, jogging, walking their dog, skateboarding. I can watch old-man Dan who lives across the street maneuver his wheelchair down the cul-de-sac because he likes to chat with the blonde chick who hangs outside with her kids.

From my table, I can turn around and look out through the sliding glass doors. I can see my dog Bo sunning himself on the deck, sitting on the chaise lounge. If I keep the sliding door open, I can hear when a hummingbird is headed toward its feeder. I can hear the birds flying back and forth to the six bird feeders in my backyard. I can hear the guy two yards away building his huge deck.

If I wasn’t working from my dining room table, I’d have to take frequent breaks to stay in touch. With my hubby. With my dog. With the sun. With the hummers.

Day 21 of teleworking and I miss seeing people!

People at work. Like Omar. And Denise. And Kristin. And Alejandro. And Suanne. And Ethan. And Roger – he of the “Andy Griffith theme-song whistle ring-tone.” And Karen. And Chad. And Anner. And Julie (she with the awesome laugh). And Steve. And Tuan, who always joked, asking if coffee and all the tap water he could drink was on me, and I’d tell him, yes, please put it on my tab, happy to buy it for you. And Joey. And Elizabeth. And everyone to the left of my desk – those on Leadership Row. And everyone to the right of my desk, down the hall and around the corner and then down that hall and around that corner.

Everyone! I’m missing all of the people in the office! I need that interaction!

I’m getting tired of teleworking.

But … I’m definitely not missing the commute!

 

Covid-19: Am I bored?

Covid-19: Am I bored?

I’m in the second weekend of teleworking due to coronavirus. And I find myself asking, “Am I bored?” My response?

Yes, I am bored.

The Governor has us pretty much staying home. But that doesn’t mean my hubby and I will not go outside to walk the dog. Throw the ball with the dog. Throw the frisbee for the dog. We drive to a local park-like area with the dog, and on the way back, I tell hubby to drive down that street or go the long way home, just so I can feel like I’m getting out of the house for a little while longer.

I am bored!

So what do I do on Saturday and Sunday when it seems like I now have all the time in the  world, and I can’t go with my granddaughter Ruby to the mall, or to a show, or even have her come visit me (everyone is staying at their own home)?

  • I put a batch of rough stones from Madagascar in the tumbler – clear quartz, rose quartz, milky quartz, and crocodile jasper. Can’t wait to see how they smooth out. But it takes at least seven days of tumbling (the first phase of the process) so I can’t do anything with that until next weekend. (Look at those beauties in the pic though, the first batch I ever tumbled/polished. They came with the tumbler: red jasper, rose quartz, sodalite, crazy lace agates.)
  • Knowing that at some point I’ll have some awesome-looking gemstones from the rock tumbler, I start YouTubing on how to wire-wrap the stones into pendants. And I realize that, ugh! it’s going to take a lot of practice to get the wire-wrapping down. I practiced on a stone from a previous tumbled batch – yep, it’s going to take me a lot of practice to get the hang of that.
  • I finished another RedVector course on advanced Microsoft Word. Total of 2.5 hours of online learning for that particular session. (Good thing I have earbuds. Hubby likes to blast Breakfast with the Beatles on Sunday mornings.) Loved the refresher course on creating macros, but wished it would have gone into a bit more detail. I learned something new though: create a macro that will go out and do a search on something from the browser of your choice. Then all you have to do is assign that macro to a word or words, for example “rock tumbling,” and it will open up the browser with search results on those words. Love that, and now I want to go practice creating that macro. At some point, I’ll have to share what I learned with you.

I’ve also signed up for other RedVector courses: Project management essentials; mastering Excel; and smart leadership and smart management courses. If stay-at-home continues for a few more weeks . . . yeah, I’ll still be bored, but hanging in there with current hobbies, online learning, trading texts or FaceTiming with Ruby, and getting outside with Bo, our Golden Retriever. Oy.

Staying home. Saving lives.

And another: More on meetings

I spent a Sunday taking a few on-line courses that are available to my firm’s employees 24/7 (I love that option; I can grow my knowledge and skills whenever I want—in my jammies or with beverage in hand, pausing if I need a break—you get the picture).

So anyway, one of the courses I finished was talking about the sins of meetings (did you know there are seven of them, and that they are deadly?)

The webinar guy talked about people who show up late for meetings. That’s just downright annoying, if you ask me. If I’m the leader of the meeting, I must confess I still don’t have a set way of addressing the tardy person, if that person should even be addressed/acknowledged when they walk in late to the meeting.

I remember attending an educational session in which the speaker said she wouldn’t acknowledge the tardy person; wouldn’t allow them to break into (upset the rhythm of) her presentation.

I recall being at another session and someone walked in late. The speaker backtracked to bring the tardy person up to speed on what they missed. (So those of us that arrived on time, we had to sit through a repeat.)

The webinar guy talked about how meetings cost your company money (he had an example formula, something like: 8 people x $50/hour x a 3-hour meeting = $1,200). And he said that tardy attendees should not be allowed to continue to be tardy. And he gave some examples of what some firms (or meeting leaders) do to try to curb the tardiness, such as: If there are 8 people in the meeting, buy only 7 doughnuts or coffees. Or, the person late to the meeting buys dinner for everyone.

Those tactics might work, but do you think the person who is habitually tardy gives a hoot if they never get a doughnut? I think not.

The webinar guy offered this solution: When that annoying person shows up late, tell him/her (something like) this, “Your being late is a waste of my time and a waste of everyone’s time in this room. You just cost this organization [insert dollar figure here] because of your tardiness. Your tardiness is not going to be allowed to continue.”

And then don’t invite that person to future meetings.

The webinar guy suggested you bluntly, calmly, and rationally tell the tardy person the results of his/her tardiness.

I kind of like that tactic. It’s bold, and sometimes you should be bold. Right?

What I’m not sure of right now is whether I’d say that in front of everyone (right when the tardy person walked in), or whether I’d wait to speak to the tardy person privately. I do know that if I did it privately, I’d be sure to let the other meeting attendees know the reason why the tardy person is no longer invited to our meetings. (If I was bold enough to dis-invite that tardy person from future meetings. Not sure I can be that bold.)

How do you handle tardy meeting attendees (or what ways have you seen others handle that situation)?