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Tips to Stay Productive During a Pandemic

Hello world; Keith from SkySpecs here to talk a bit about how our team has been trying to stay productive during this pandemic.

Before we go too far, yes, this is a privileged post. We, SkySpecs, are affected significantly less by this pandemic than many others. Being able to talk about these topics is a privilege of our industry and we don’t mean to overlook that. That said, we, like many other companies still trying to operate across >6ft gaps, have had to learn how to handle this the hard way. We just hope to make this transition easier for others, if we can, by sharing our philosophy in dealing with this and some tactics we’ve employed.

 

1. Philosophy: Patience and tolerance.

Truthfully, we’ve been doing much of the same stuff as other companies working from home: using Slack more, spending more time on video chats, working at odd hours of the day, etc. But what’s proved much more important than any tactical detail has been an elevated attitude of patience and tolerance in all parts of our days.

I’ve heard it said that we aren’t “working from home during a crisis” but instead, “at home, during a crisis, trying to work” and I found that distinction to be important. “Working from home” implies that we should expect the same engagement, availability, and sanity of our peers that we would have expected while working in the office. Instead, “…trying to work” helps us understand that this crisis fundamentally affects everyone’s ability to do their work.

Across all parts of SkySpecs, we’ve emphasized understanding that ‘life’ and ‘work’ will likely collide on a daily basis while at home and that we must remain patient and tolerant with each other when it does. This emphasis has been delivered in a few ‘big’ ways in the form of company announcements from the CEO and team leaders and, more importantly, in a myriad of ‘small’ ways everyday when interacting in meetings or Slack (the internal chat tool we use to communicate).

 

2. Tactics: Clearer boundaries, clearer requests, and better documentation.

Boundaries

Requests 

Documentation 

While this is in no way a comprehensive list, hopefully you and your team find something here that helps you move a little closer to normal, sooner.

Stay safe and healthy,

Keith Porter, Engineering Growth Leader

Keith Porter
Engineering Growth Leader, SkySpecs

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