COVER STORY: WFH:Ar Ateet Vengurlekar,Principal Architect, Bluearch Architects and Interiors, Mumbai

Technology is what enables remote work in the first place.

We made sure that we have the right hardware and software. Lots of remote workers are leaning heavily on Slack, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom or GoToMeeting.

Iron out what your team is planning to use ASAP. Of course, you’ll want to make sure all your technology actually works from home. Do you need a secure line? Are those applications accessible from your home Wi-Fi? Do you need a security key to log in? These are all questions to ask your supervisor or IT department and that’s what we did.

Tips for success with WFH

  1. Talk to your junior architects or junior interior designer team what the priorities are, and discuss how tasks will get done.
  2. Think how are teams going to track projects they’re working on? How will they meet to discuss this? Will you all be connecting on Slack or email? Will there be standing meetings at a certain time to get everyone coordinated?
  3. Be honest about what isn’t working or can’t be done in these circumstances. More overall communication is going to be necessary.
  4. If you’re distractible, get ready for work every morning like you are physically going to work. Dress up, do your hair — whatever you would normally do. This puts you in a professional mindset.
  5. It’s hard to draw a sharp distinction between home and office when you’re at home. But to the extent possible, create a space at home that looks and feels like your office to you.
  6. To be able to see the person you’re talking to I think is important, Again, embrace video calling and webcams so you can see your teammates. 

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