Twenty-Twenty was, by common sentiment, a terrible year. As the year closes, many of us live under restrictions. Some have lost jobs or at least some income this year and, most significantly, some have lost friends or family to the pandemic. Like many, these events have given me much pause to thought, and I’ll have a few things to say about risk and decisions in a coming post. As we bid farewell to the year, I’d like to reflect in this article on the main teamwork issue of the year: Home Office.From an productivity perspective, home office has worked well, at least for those with office jobs./1/ Today’s digital technology lets teams interact nearly as well as in the office. Connectivity is easy. We see each other, share screens and more. Surely, twenty-five years ago the pandemic’s economic effects would have been much more severe. My colleagues and I are at least as productive now as before the pandemic. In addition to pure work-related measures, some companies have tried to uphold the social aspects of teamwork as well with, for example, “team runs”, for example, where colleagues shake hands virtually before running for 30 minutes and meet digitally again at the end. But, despite all that, as anyone with small children can attest, home office has not been easy.
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- /1/ Many productive and service industries have not been so lucky, as home office is not an option. Musicians and actors, waiters and cooks, pilots, flight attendants and ground personnel—just to mention a few—cannot work from home. Manufacturing industries likewise cannot build cars, appliances or widgets from home. It is nevertheless a sign of the times, that many industries have only been lightly scratched by the pandemic. Nevertheless, I want to express my solidarity with anyone whose work has been adversely affected this year. I hope that the public relief measures have mitigated the pain. But, I hope most of all that you can soon get back to the work you enjoy.