I hadn’t seen Greg in weeks. I still talked to him often, but we were in the same room for the first time in several months. It was at a bar in Salt Lake City. We were getting our extended team together for a conference. We had people from all over the United States.
Greg used to work in our salt Lake City office. But, several months ago he and his wife chose to move back to Ohio. It was there that he started working at home, (WaHo.)
What is the least amount of clothing you’ve worn during an online conference call?
I refuse to answer. Ha Ha
I would to. That is the only answer I think is accurate. Y’all notice you never see my webcam in online meetings.
My house in Ohio is small. My office is my bedroom. Not a good look for a meeting background.
The discussion moved on to other topics. Greg pointed out that what he missed most was the informal meetings with coworkers.
I used to just walk across the hall, or down the hall and ask people questions. Now, it’s just email and Skype.
Those hallway conversations are vital to a successful team. No one sends an email to say, “How was your weekend?” or “Did you see that game last night?” And yet, it is exactly these conversations that tie a team together.
And that’s what brought us to tonight. Here we are all gathered in Salt Lake for a three day team conference. We have an entire full day agenda each day. But, the real work will happen between the sessions. The hallway conversations.
Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren.
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