The Virtual Engineer - What I Learned (by Necessity) In the Last 4 Weeks And How I’ve Become More Efficient
Plunging into the deep end of remote work has been an extreme paradigm shifting experience. Being an engineer supporting manufacturing operations, working from home in my circles has always been viewed as play-working and has been strongly discouraged as a lazy person’s way to get out of really putting in the effort to be productive. Now in 2020, given no other choice these same organizations have suddenly fully embraced remote work as a lifeline to keep things running while the world gets itself back together. As someone who has long sought an at least partial remote opportunity, this experience is not just that the glass is half full but it is overflowing. This is a chance to challenge the creative skills to prove this works and, even to my surprise, after one month I have found that this has worked out even better than I anticipated. In addition there are many new skills that I have learned and/or sharpened which can be very useful well into the future. These include everything from learning new software to new ways to stay motivated and new ways to be organized. All of these have actually improved my productivity as I have noticed as I am checking off completion of key project deliverables which I could never seem to get to while in the office. Out of every challenge comes a valuable learning opportunity, and here are some of the most valuable I have learned:
Conferencing Software That I Can Now Use Proficiently:
No more “Hey I think you are on mute”, or “The lighting is bad”, or “I can’t see your screen”.
Cloud Based Systems That I Now Use Without Redoing Any Documents Or Asking for Help:
I can now also seamlessly work between different computers and phones without losing anything!
Really Useful Productivity Tools I Have Recently Discovered:
Soft Skills I Have Significantly Sharpened Recently: