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Your comment around “IT guys could not get their head around why I would need more than one monitor” caught my attention. I work in IT, and your use case is so obvious, there are only two reasons why you were getting stonewalled: 1) Your IT folks are truly dense, or 2) (And this is FAR more likely) They are putting out the “company line” but aren’t at liberty to tell you that. In other words, the executive team has decided what “productivity” looks like, and decided they aren’t going to spend the money. I see it every day.
I’m stupefied…Multiple monitors is not considered productive? What planet are the decision makers living in?
Executive Teams, please see an example below to help understand revenue loss:
—The commerce site is not accepting credit card transactions on the site. Considered an emergency, management of your IT department is notified. All hands on deck for root cause discovery and fix ASAP. Employee requires to look through QA website to find cause of glitch ASAP, while simultaneously refreshing the live commerce page, ensuring the fixed piece, just updated, is indeed root cause. Fixing the issue of convoluted systems’ inability to process transactions. With two monitors, the employee can see both pages simultaneously to quickly see results. As opposed to taking a longer period of time due to the need of viewing/selecting one site at a time. With a second monitor both sites can be viewed at a quick glance to quickly view the update in QA has fixed the commerce site. This method is tenfold more productive than saving TEN dollars per month on the rental of an extremely helpful, time saving, second monitor.
Decision makers, ask yourselves? Is spending ten dollars worth the unacceptable user experience, cart abandonment, loss of company trust, loss of a purchase and worst, customers’ patience for a website’s failure along with short attention spans. Customers move along to a different website where they can utilize their form of preferred payment quickly and easily without frustration of inadequacy.
Fully agree with your sentiment, Gregory!
On behalf of my fellow introverts, working from home helps such personality “come out of their shell,” 88% as per survey. At the same time, working from home is also considered “overwhelming,” 80% as per survey.
To me, these opinions seem bipolar.
What would the introvert personality really prefer?
Coming out of your shell – grow, develop, advance, succeed, thrive, shine, expand, make strides and many more great ways of displaying the type of employee you really are, what you can bring to the table and show how awesome you really are.
Overwhelming work model – what’s become so overwhelming to make you feel being at the office work becomes less or now overwhelming? Survey states the hurtle is lack of feedback or communication. Since when does constant feedback become so overwhelming? When feedback is really needed, please, check your managers calendar, see their availability, and “advance, grow, succeed” and initiating a quick, am I going in the right direction with this project or task?”
If working from home helps to “come out of your shell” a conversation from a comfortable place, such as your home, can demonstrate how you’re thriving and succeeding. When on a comfortable level the feedback conversation with your manager may be productive tenfold. Where your, my fellow introverts, replies, questions, overall conversation including your own feedback to your manager’s feedback will make you and your work shine, your shell opens up and confidence flourishes.
Please, pull yourselves together and initiate a plan that will tone down feeling of being inundated.
As the poet, painter, essayist, author and playwright, E. E. Commings, whose work is themed on the relationship of the individual to the masses and to the world, inspiringly quoted:
“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
You can do it!
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