It has been a strange period with home working for a lot of people. And more people has adopted to true digital working habits for their first time. As a former consultant work has always been when I have been connected. Just opening the laptop the work day (or night) could start.
It is a lifestyle – being online and available. Counting the hours and completing the work week is old school. For me it is a about being on top of things. Having mailbox zero is not a goal, but a state of mind. How do you stay on top of things?
Going from consulting to banking was a culture shift. With Covid-19, and the new normal working habits the digital transformation accelerated putting digital tools as the center piece of collaboration. This feels a bit like the same journey when Big Blue started the transformation together with Apple. Going from Token Ring as connectivity shifted to state-of-the-art wireless connectivity with distributed cash servers, jumping past wired lan. Over the last weeks sending attachments has been replaced with links, and the digital meetings start on time, and more often end earlier.
But I miss the office. I miss the unformal dialog with the collogues. Schedule time for a e-coffee. Talk about the weekend and tell your work-friends about your life outside work. But also continue to embrace the digital advantages during and after Covid-19.