But not having to book a conference room makes meetings so much easier.
That's for sure.
I mean, getting meetings was the biggest problem when we were all in the office. We always seemed short on conference rooms.
Yeah. Being in IT, we all are used to having 24/7 jobs, right? So we're relied on for everything. I still hear it from the CEO. If he has a problem with something, he doesn't want to go to the regular channels, he'll still come straight to me and say, "Hey, I have this problem. Can you quick fix it for me?" Right? So I still live in that world. So From that point-of-view, it didn't really change much.
I constantly am reminding my staff, and myself probably more so than anybody, there have been a couple of silver linings in this. I think that helps the team keep going. It's on us, as leaders, to remind people to take advantage of this, as much as this has been such a negative impact on our lives, I think you can also turn it into some positives. If you don't, I think you find people are probably starting to find themselves in maybe a bad state of mind.
Well, it varies. I mean, I'm in the same situation as you Eric. I mean, I watch shows with my son before work, we have lunch together some days. But then I have a team member who lives in a studio in San Francisco, and he was afraid to go outside because of all the people around. But then, you have situations like that, where I made sure not to say how great it is to work from home, and make him feel even more miserable.
Yep. I've done outreach to my team to actually enjoy that Blue Bottle right across from SurveyMonkey. I've been there many times now, and it's just a great natural place to meet up. I've done the outreach to my team, and even people adjacent to the team. Knowing the Tenderloin example, or someone that has three roommates in a very tiny SF apartment, and it's hard for them. Sometimes it’s about giving folks a reason just to have coffee. And depending on your comfort level of things, I felt like getting them a little bit more human connection, other than Safeway and their roommates, has been helpful.
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