Today I pretty much sat at my desk all day long. I had some research to do and papers to write. I really didn’t move that much. But I was connected all day long. But I spent most of the day working with others.
Turns out I work in a quasi-distributed organization. Key coworkers of mine are in 3 different states. There’s no amount of getting up or getting about that will help me work with them.
Sometimes I call. That’s a nice touch. But most often we chat on our instant message tool. It tells me what’s going on with them. Yes, it’s really a unified communication platform. I most appreciate that it tells me when they are busy and when they are not.
This is a very nice tool to have. It really means that everyone I need to engage is really right there in my office – sitting on my desk as it were. Working with remote coworkers would be a real pain without this technology.
Come to think of it, working in the office would be a lot less efficient too. UC Chatting isn’t reserved just for remote employees. I use it just as much with the teams that are just on the other side of the building.
I acknowledge that it would be a lot more healthy to get up and walk over and talk to them. But sometimes that just takes too much time. It’s a lot easier to just ping them and get on with what needs to be said. Or asked.
I’ve gotten pretty good with this tool. Like a digital spider in an electronic web, I can keep track of a lot of activity with quick little bursts of communication. Not only that, but I can effectively manage multiple conversations at the same time.
Not every conversation gets the same attention, but it makes coordinating complex activities pretty simple. Tools for the modern age.
I sat at my desk all day today, but I was more connected than I was 20 years ago running all over the office building. I like that.
Source: SANS ISC SecNewsFeed @ February 23, 2017 at 08:12PM