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Remote working is working for my org.

We are in grim times. Plenty of negative to be found.

I offer this. I work for a big bank. I'm a software engineer. We are now 100% work from home.

Last week was not normal, neither is this one. But we delivered last week. I am absolutely stunned and heartened by our organization's ability to adapt. And I am not just talking about my team. I mean the whole org. You go from coming into an office 2 weeks ago to 100% work from home....and delivery is largely not affected.

Translation: The infrastructure to provide delivery of services is intact.

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Remote for tech is generally better.

Productivity is not hampered by too many useless meetings and we tend to actually put in more hours.
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I'm an IT architect and I specialize in Citrix, I'm proud of the 80k some odd people we have working remotely too.
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My dilemma is not the people that can work at home. Hell, they run out the door.

It is getting people (sales and support personnel) to go and assist in the manufacturing plants that are now task to operate at a top capacity requirement. They feel unless the task meets their level it is beneath them doing. A $175,000 salesman can not be tasked with sanitizing equipment.
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Everyone I know still with a mega-bank (BOA) has been working from home for over two decades...I worked "remotely" on most IT infrastructure issues...outta the banking game for 25 years now....thankfully .

edited: Had about 2K sales folks VPN'd from around the world in my last corporate gig too.

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Another large bank, and also in IT. We are all WFH for the past week or two depending upon the group. I was doing WFH 2-3 days a week before this. I know that the North American IT group switched video conferencing to Zoom (I assume due to cost) and I believe the company upgraded the bandwidth and possible some other stuff to better server folks, but the performance of my remote is pretty much the same as if I am in the office. The only difference that I have is 2 monitors at home and 4 at work (I could probably get by with 3 at work).
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Remote for tech is generally better.

Productivity is not hampered by too many useless meetings and we tend to actually put in more hours.
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Oh yeah, the people who want to have a meeting to plan the meetings.

We have some guy who's main purpose in life is find parades, and get out in front. So he has been trying to hold meetings for a project that I am working on, but he is not directly involved. A couple days ago he threatened to escalate if my scrum master did not start attending his meetings. Damn did he get his ass stomped.
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As someone who cannot WFH I got to say I hope you all stay with it 100 percent when this is all over and done with traffic has been AWESOME!! 15-18 min on what used to be 40-60 minutes!!
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Tech world’s not missing a beat. In fact I find myself with more time and working longer. Not having to battle suburban traffic hell for an hour or more everyday has its benefits. I believe there will be positive structural changes as a result of this flu crisis...

Telemedicine is another area which will open up when the community sees how well it can work.
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As someone who cannot WFH I got to say I hope you all stay with it 100 percent when this is all over and done with traffic has been AWESOME!! 15-18 min on what used to be 40-60 minutes!!

Amen cruisin the Twin Turbo @ 90 the whole way......
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Oh yeah, the people who want to have a meeting to plan the meetings.

We have some guy who's main purpose in life is find parades, and get out in front. So he has been trying to hold meetings for a project that I am working on, but he is not directly involved. A couple days ago he threatened to escalate if my scrum master did not start attending his meetings. Damn did he get his ass stomped.
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Amen cruisin the Twin Turbo @ 90 the whole way......
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..............traffic has been AWESOME!! 15-18 min on what used to be 40-60 minutes!!
California and Philadelphia are/were way worse than Akron but it's still a treat on my 10 minute drive on I77 to see a lot of breathing room.

Unless a wreck or at 7:15am there is not usually congestion to speak of (slow you down) during normal times.

I did drive from Akron to Chicago for seven years. Going home Friday from Chicago starting in far west Naperville was 90 minutes of white knuckle driving before Indiana.
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We are in grim times. Plenty of negative to be found.

I offer this. I work for a big bank. I'm a software engineer. We are now 100% work from home.

Last week was not normal, neither is this one. But we delivered last week. I am absolutely stunned and heartened by our organization's ability to adapt. And I am not just talking about my team. I mean the whole org. You go from coming into an office 2 weeks ago to 100% work from home....and delivery is largely not affected.

Translation: The infrastructure to provide delivery of services is intact.
Same here, for hospitals IT... Thanks to remote delivery tools (yeah Bigfix), we managed to let a lot of folks work at home with Zoom installs, VPN expansion, whitelisting stuff for network acces control, updating security software, patching, deploying a new citrix client (scary at the time), we can do 99% remotely and I'm impressed at how people are pulling together to make stuff happen so the doctors can do their thing !!! Teleclinics are now 50% of business, vs 2% before. Cool. Doing our part !

Part of me wish I was on leave like some of my friends though, it's a Cr@pload of work all while keeping the kids busy ;-)
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Another big bank IT guy...

Was half time remote , then recently C level wanted everyone in the office singing around the water cooler. A few weeks later , Covid and we are all remote. Things are going fine and actually getting more hours in and more work done without interruptions and drive-by conversations.


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Not so good for commercial RE and those REITs, perhaps.

I’m going to my office everyday. It’s just me anyway, so completely safe. I need all the screens and I get interrupted much less there.

My former colleagues are all WFH and I think it’s hurting their productivity, having only a single laptop screen. This is not a good time to be hampered in any way.
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I'm a DevOps engineer for a Fortune 500 retailer. Our company was very anti work-from-home. A couple of days before everything hit the fan, they sent out an email forbidding travels and large meetings, but very pointedly stated that the you-must-haul-your-ass-into-the-office policy was unchanged. A couple of days later, they sent out another email stating that if you really had to, you could WFH, but they sent along a contract that you and your manager had to sign Late last week they finally closed the office, but senior management keeps sending out "guidelines" for working at home - it's as if they're grudgingly accepting it for now, but don't want people to get any crazy ideas that this will be a "thing", so don't get used to it.

Funny thing is, they never had any objections to me working at home when they would wake my ass up at 1:30AM to fix a production problem.

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