#WFH in San Francisco // Kameron Gad
Perched in the Upper Castro in San Francisco and overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Kameron Gad, a creative working for one of the world’s technology behemoths, starts her day on one of many Zoom calls. Covid-19 has forced her company’s hand to allow working from home.
It’s been a transition from her normal working days at the office and has upended her regular routine. The project on which she is working on ends up being well suited for remote work but her typical managerial function has subsided. This is clearly something better suited to in-person, in-office, interactions. Nonetheless, one of the aspects that she greatly enjoys is not having to commute roughly two hours to the office and two hours back home on a daily basis. She is able to reclaim her time to some extent and set the pace of the day especially between the half hour between each Zoom call.
Work itself, besides the obvious aspect of being remote, has become a new experience. It was clear from the begining that working this way would require a new methodology. Kameron realized early on that the team has to be more strategic and talk about the process as it is not organic as it would be if they were in person. There are more scheduled check-ins to monitor progress and a lot more recaps of previous meetings to make sure everyone is in tune with one another and the progress of the project. Another more surprising aspect is now that commuting is no longer in the picture, there is more time at the end of a work day to convene on a personal level with co-workers. Typically, after work, everyone heads out quickly to start their long route home. Now, they have virtual happy hours and have a chance to bring their children into the video conferencing frame. There is a blurring of boundaries, they take the time and energy to check in on everyone's emotional state. Overall well being and balance between work and home life suddently seems in the realm of possibility and Kameron hope that once the distancing measure are lifted, the learnings from this experience can allow for her compnay to develop an open-mindedness with regards to having a flexible and remote work schedule.