Today is the day that Midwest businesses with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and WFH (Work From Home) policies are getting ahead. It may be bright and sunny out, but it was -15 degrees outside when I woke up this morning and it feels like -41.
Schools are closed and trains are delayed, evidence of the bitter weather outside my frozen window. What is my office doing? Working from home. No different from any other day, we are all up and online by 9am, and doing what we do best. The weather may impact the city, but it’s not keeping us from doing our jobs and continuing to add value to our business.
Who had to make the hard decision for your company today on whether or not to be open? Working on a cloud platform like Google makes that decision easier, if not non-existent. If your employees have the opportunity to do great work from within the walls of their home, it’s not necessary to put their lives in danger just to get to the office building.
Some people have the ability to make it in today, others simply find it fun to test the cold conditions. There are many that have no choice but to take a personal or vacation day to stay at home with their kids while the schools are shut down. The ability to work at home would take care of it all.
How I’m working from home today:
- Although I left my work laptop on my desk on Friday, I have a personal computer at home that has a browser and an internet connection -- all I need to connect to my virtual office.
- Google Apps for Business has me sign in once, and my window looks exactly as it does on my work computer. It has the same bookmarks saved and the same tabs automatically opened, saving me time setting up my workspace.
- I have Google Voice activated so that all my work calls come directly to my cell phone. Otherwise, I can also answer them from my Gmail inbox with a click of a button.
- The meeting I have this afternoon will be over a Google Hangout. Having the video option on will make it seem as if we’re meeting in person, and we can also share the discussed documents over the same screen.
As for the lunch I had waiting in my office refrigerator for me today? Well, I guess that’s the one thing that can wait until Tuesday.