A genuinely relaxing journey, as opposed to the sensation of being a chicken who barely has time to get a coffee on the way to the battery farm. All in favour of this change.
3. Face to face conversations differ wildly from screen to screen ones. I caught up with people formally and informally, one to one and collectively. For each conversation I felt involved and engaged, and each one felt like we’d achieved something in a short time. This doesn’t say anything about new modes of working or human psychology, as much as it says something about me. If you put me in front of a screen then my attention does its best to wander. Fortunately, human beings do not have browser tabs or flickering notifications. It’s making me think that some conversations live online but some need to happen in person.
4. Connection is a feeling, not a state. Across the day I felt connected to a group of people with shared goals in a way that I haven’t for some time. I’m coming to the idea that this isn’t recreatable in remote working, and instead of banging my head against the wall trying to achieve the impossible I should be making remote collaboration as painless as possible and trying to create new opportunities to foster the feeling of connection. The novelty of being in the same room together won’t last forever, and we need to think about how we best spend what time we have together.
This weeks links include a post from Rishad Tobaccowala
on returning to the office, and his newsletter is well worth your time, as well as having the best name for a newsletter I have heard to date.