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« Reply #1652 on: March 25, 2020, 12:08:25 PM »
Major disasters like this have historically pushed technological shifts that never went away. In this instance, it's likely that a lot of employers continue to embrace working from home. Educational institutions may likewise prove to themselves the efficacy of remote learning.

Stuff they were resistant to trying may well turn out to be the norm.

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« Reply #1653 on: March 25, 2020, 01:09:14 PM »
I hope not, Mr Tulip.

We already are suffering from a loss of face-to-face interactions.  And a webinar is inferior to a live lecture/discussion.

I'm sitting through the introductions to a webinar on the 1918 Flu Pandemic right now.  It's better than nothing, but it's not as good as being there.
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« Reply #1654 on: March 25, 2020, 01:26:32 PM »
I think it will result at least in small changes, more frequent WFH efforts etc.

Companies will introduce contingency planning for various crises that include that and engineer better options.

We're headed to a virtual existence in time anyway.

I was musing about a "shut down week" where everyone distances themselves to reduce the occurrence of influenza.

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« Reply #1655 on: March 25, 2020, 01:37:28 PM »
Plenty of studies that show that face-to-face interaction among employees of a company increases productivity and workflow efficiency in dramatic ways.  It doesn't have to be a LOT of personal interaction, but in cases where people have met face to face even once, the working relationship ends up being much smoother, friendlier, and more productive.

At the very large computer manufacturing company headquartered in Round Rock, Texas, that I work for, we've gone back and forth on WFH vs. Office over the years.  Invariably The Powers That Be will focus on Opex budget for a while and determine we should close up buildings (that cost overhead) and shift the workforce home.  Then another executive comes along and decides that teams need to be in closer physical proximity in order to be more productive.

It's a balancing act, for sure, and there's no one way or right way to do it.


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« Reply #1656 on: March 25, 2020, 02:14:16 PM »
Yeah, we had part of our work group in Germany once, and in Japan one other time.  We spent a lot of travel monies.  The Japanese were a lot of fun at least.  I had everyone over to my house one evening for dinner, beautiful night, had two guys from our Missouri plant bring in a towed BBQ rig and they did ribs for the Japanese (and us).  They were the best ribs I've ever had by far, dry rub and falling off the bone.


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« Reply #1657 on: March 25, 2020, 04:08:57 PM »
the world keeps evolving - mostly for the better, sometimes not
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« Reply #1658 on: March 25, 2020, 08:03:13 PM »
the world keeps evolving - mostly for the better, sometimes not
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« Reply #1659 on: March 25, 2020, 11:40:10 PM »
could be worse
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« Reply #1660 on: March 26, 2020, 09:47:58 AM »
UTErin posted something on FB about hoping they could retain the new liquor law in Texas that started "If Texans behave, can we keep these rules?"

I responded "I quit reading after "IF Texans behave ..."
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« Reply #1661 on: March 26, 2020, 10:15:01 AM »
UTErin posted something on FB about hoping they could retain the new liquor law in Texas that started "If Texans behave, can we keep these rules?"

I responded "I quit reading after "IF Texans behave ..."
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Ha!  I saw that.  True enough...


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« Reply #1662 on: March 26, 2020, 10:50:43 AM »
Yes, it's a tall order asking Texans to behave, we don't like listening to anyone and tend to write our own rules.    

I feel like our city had some (forced) practice at isolation during Hurricane Harvey, however that only lasted a week & not a month+.   We've been hoarding food, ammo & TP for years as necessary hurricane prep, so at least we had good practice before all this chaos hit.   This was just a little more intense & unexpected than those situations, at least we aren't worried about our houses being destroyed or our cars being flooded out.    And we still have electricity, WiFi, cable, open restaurants, & whatever else to keep us happy in our grounded state.  


Everything just feels on a tilt right now, but I'm sure everyone feels that way.  But I am appreciating ALL the humor to be found, and the funny meme-compensation to combat the anxiety, as well as the banter we still have with all our friends in various ways.    I haven't attempted the Zoom meeting thing, but one of these Friday nights I am going to a group happy hour session & drink with some people virtually because it looks like it might be kinda fun.  

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« Reply #1663 on: March 26, 2020, 11:16:56 AM »
We use Skype and Zoom at my very large computer-manufacturing company that I work for.

These days Zoom seems more stable, but it's also largely a function of whose servers you're using.  We have our own.  

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« Reply #1664 on: March 26, 2020, 03:03:13 PM »
I've practiced drinking alone for decades

no zoom needed
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« Reply #1665 on: March 26, 2020, 03:04:22 PM »
also, I appreciate all of y'all here on the Porch - my interaction while drinking alone (sorta)

again, no zoom needed
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