At the beginning of Working from Home: A Guide to Navigating the New Normal, authors Edward Amoroso and Rich Powell write that in the past, like at the start of 2020, the common wisdom was that if you wanted to get ahead in an organization, then you did not work from home. That was reserved for consultants and some rarified remote workers. It was also for those mystery workers you don’t know and never met, but who always seems to be lurking on the conference bridge.
But now that almost all of corporate America must deal with an unprecedented pandemic, everyone is now staring into Zoom screens from their homes. The monograph details some pandemic entertainment in the new normal we live in.
The narrator here is Charlie Ciso. And for anyone who has been working from home for the last 1–2 months, the Charlie Ciso work from home tips are particularly funny. Some of them include:
· Complain Often
· Select the Right Backdrop
· Clutter Your Desk
· Tell the Kids to Make Noise
· Learn to Drop Calls
· Blame IT
· Allow Yourself Only 30 Seconds of Non-Mute Time Per Day
· Tell People You Can’t Hear Them
· Just Don’t Use Video
As to the tip for selecting the best backdrop, they know that there are three types of background, meant to display: power, kindness, or wisdom. Choose your background judiciously.
Ironically, they write that the golden rule of teleworking is No Cats. Just this week, a planning commissioner in California was fired for throwing his cat during a public Zoom meeting. Had this book gotten to him earlier, his cat would have been safer, and he’d still have a job.
As the author’s work for Tag Cyber, an information security consultancy, and they do throw in some security advice, perhaps the most prescient being that you are being watched.
The COVID crisis is creating untold stress in all areas of our lives. At 40 pages, Working from Home: A Guide to Navigating the New Normal is a cute read. This pandemic humor can certainly lighten the stress load of the new normal that we are working in.