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Friday, 27 March, 2020
Quote of the week
"ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said never before have telecommunication networks been so vital to health and safety, and to keep economies and society working. “… as during the COVID-19 crisis we are living through today. As a result, I have instructed my team to leverage without any delay ITU's existing regulatory and policy-maker platform to help countries and industry cope with the increasing stress being put on global networks. At stake is our ability, as one human family, to give health workers everywhere the tools they need to carry out their duties, to allow all those that can to work from home, to trade online, to ensure that hundreds of millions of children and young people keep up with their studies, and to keep in touch with loved ones, wherever they are.” "
- Houlin Zhao
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One Tech News Writer has had the experience since 1999, and shares some of the learnings the field collected over the years. He says: “I was young and new to this whole working from home thing” One of the bad experiences they faced was lack of supervision, which led to finding themselves crushed under deadlines. The pressure led to these young, inexperienced homeworkers to start planning and scheduling their work, as well as disciplining themselves to stick to those schedules. This brought along the freedoms of working at one’s own pace; becoming exponentially more efficient in the comfort and solitude of the home office than being surrounded by others. There are no distractions, there are no meetings, and there are no office antics.
However, working from home isn't ideal for everyone. The truth of the matter is quite simple: Some people are self-motivators and can make the transition from working in a busy company to working in a quiet home office with ease. Others have a lot of trouble retaining their focus. Once the latter type of person is at home, the world is their oyster and…Laundry calls; Kids cry; Spouses interrupt; Games can be played ;Errands can be run; TV can be watched; Shopping needs to be done; and Pets want attention. Working from home requires a different level of concentration and dedication than when working within the confines of a company. You can't put everything off until the last week and get your work done with a modicum of success--you must schedule your work life and stick to it.
Indeed COVID-19 is changing how many people work. None of us, in this generation, was prepared for this. Would such a work environment function for you? Maybe. Maybe not. Very soon--or even now--you're probably going to find out. We never thought that a pandemic would grip the world and cause tectonic shifts in how we live our lives. It's happening now due to the coronavirus, and many people will have to work from home.
To some employees, this is a chance to prove to the powers that be that working from home is a legitimate option they can finally shine while working in their pajamas. For others, it's a rather frightening unknown. Not so much the "how," but the "can." It's not about technology we all have the technology to work from home. You have a computer? You can work from home. End of story.
The truth of the matter is the "can" is a bit more daunting than the "how." Sure you might need a new printer, a scanner, or some other piece of technology, but that's easily acquired. The big unknown is that most people don't know if they are capable of working from home if they have the personality, the ability to drown out distractions, or even demand of those they cohabitate with to give them the necessary space and time required to do their jobs.
So, to those who are facing the prospect of working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, give yourself a bit of time for adjustment. While you're adjusting, allow yourself to do things differently. Don't read a bunch of bullet point articles on how to work from home and call it a day, because what works for someone else might not work for you. Develop your work environment based on your personality and your abilities, and you'll find yourself far more productive than you can imagine. Above all, be honest with yourself. In the end, you may find that working from home simply isn't for you; however, if working from home does suit you, play your music loud, wear your pajamas proud, and be productive.
SOURCE: Freelance Tech Writer – Jack Wallen
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In recent months, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has emerged as a health challenge of international concern. As of this writing, there have been over 111, 350 confirmed cases of the disease, including over 3,890 deaths. In the US, there have been over 500 cases and 22 deaths.
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