Latest headlines: Scott Tiner on the successful home office sector, Mark Coxon on the idea of work havens and Lee Distad on NPT incentives.
December 15, 2021 | Volume: 18 | Issue: 23
Hello and happy Wednesday! We’re getting close to the New Year, and our office is having a work party this weekend. It’s always exciting to conclude the year and set new goals. What’s your biggest resolution for 2022?
Our first column this week is by Scott Tiner and discusses the idea of the unexplored home office sector. Though AV was deeply implemented into our home offices over the past two years, Scott says lighting, cameras, microphones and bandwidth have a long way to go in the future. As we move towards a future of cloud-based solutions, we’ll face issues with connection and even creativity. Learn where we have grown and in what areas we still need to improve in this blog.
Our second column this week looks at growing a home office into a “Work Haven,” creating a space that is not only conducive to work but creates a feeling of being in an office again. Mark Coxon says there are many collaborative opportunities we miss when we work from home, so how can we create a strategy to build a better home working space? To quote Mark, “Musicians build home recording studios, why wouldn’t executives build Work Havens?”
Our third and final column this week suggests Non-productive Time (NPT) as an incentive to employee performance, but are there consequences to this idea? Working from home can be relaxing and challenging for employees at the same time, and in this column, Lee Distad discusses the pros and cons of NPT as an incentivization tactic to improve success at work. Do you think NPT could work as an incentive during pandemic times when many jobs are not currently in person?
That should be it for this week, #Hometweeps. I hope you have a great rest of your week, and I’ll see you next time. Bye!
As I think about my other experiences working from home, something that is really missed is the physical movement I have lost from being in the office. Even though I would tell you that I have always spent all day on a computer, that was not really true until the pandemic hit.
I have seen some chatter about commercial integrators offering services for home offices, but the response is typically that these are residential applications and not in the commercial integrator’s core capability, nor are the projects large enough to warrant new entry. To that I say, maybe our thinking is too small. What if we developed a strategy to build “Work Havens?”
With incentives, the really clever ones on your team will always figure out how to max out their pay by achieving the things you asked of them. But that same cleverness can derail your plans if they figure out ways to game the system and make more money without delivering much in the way of added value.