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Discussion on: Coronavirus 🦠, quarantines 🛑 and remote working 💻

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Frank Szendzielarz • Edited

I have been working remotely for years and my advice is to recognise that even in a 9-5 8hr corporate office job most people really only pretend to work most of the time. So relax and forget about signing on and signing off. Work when you feel productive. If your job's work culture is simply appearing present to maintain a perpetual snowball of micro-communications with the primary purpose of saying "look at me, I am still here", then the work culture is unproductive in the first place, and remote work is a good opportunity to reshape the ethos. With remote development you can take part in daily standups at most, though I think with good team members even that is too much. This is an opportunity to pressure things for decent upfront specs, rather than pointless continuous conversation.Good luck in Italy. Hopefully things will pass soon. I am hoping for a gastrotourist holiday throughout the country this year.

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Nicolò Rebughini Author

That's an insightful point of view, thanks for sharing! Most likely my new remote working habits still have to adjust to an actual remote workplace, trying to transpose the in-office workplace somewhere else. I recognize what you're saying and I also think for an effective remote experience those habits, microcommunications and micromanagement should be abandoned, or at least reframed. Being in an emergency situation, it has taken the whole team accustomed to be working closely by surprise, and I don't think it will carry on after the cautionary quarantine ends. I'd be happy in knowing I contributed to plant a seed which could say "Yes, this can work and it's more effective done this way".

When this whole confusion flares down Italy will be ready to welcome everyone to try our delicacies 😁 I expect prices to crash down in order to win back foreign tourists.

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Frank Szendzielarz • Edited

I think we are on the same page perfectly, yes. It depends really who the key decision makers are. Unfortunately in many companies it is those with less real usefulness or value who try to justify their position through constant meetings and chat. A new work ethos based on highly focused and targeted development that minimises communications in favour of communication quality would most likely result in people losing their jobs, and often it's those same people who shape the workplace, regretfully.

On Italian delicacies, absolutely! One of the great advantages of working at home is that I get to cook proper risottos, or Salsicce fatte a mano con salsa pepolata whenever I want :-) Strangely, it was Gennaro Contaldo and Antonio Carluccio who inspired me to quit corporate life and go looking for tradition, history, culture and a life in the country....

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Nicolò Rebughini Author

I think we'll have to wait and see what happens about this mindset, hoping it spreads quickly.

Aw, those are new names for me, thanks for bringing them up, I'll look into them. Luckily I'm not unfamiliar with those dishes 😋