Ed-vise Episode 109

Well a rainy and stormy GOOD MORNING!!! to you all!!! Out here in Seaside this morning and man! Talk about stormy. Still, no excuse to not give a bit of Ed-vise!!

Today’s bit o trivia: The Ob, Yenisey and Lena. Yeah! I said it! The Ob, Yenisey and Lena. three rivers in the former Soviet Union that flow through Western Siberia. These three rivers are the major source of fresh water into the Arctic Sea. Know what sits on these rivers? Nuclear power plants! Don’t worry, don’t worry. According to Russia there’s no problem!

Anyway…

Tech Talk Tuesday Ed-vise today

Collaboration technology. Ever hear of it? That’s stuff like MS Teams, Slack, and Trello to name a few software companies that make this stuff.

The marketing is along the lines of using the product to bring your teams closer together for conversations and collaboration. Especially in times like these with our little pandemic the need for closeness couldn’t be more important. Your company can use this software to bridge the gap of distance. It’s pretty cool.

As a byproduct, it has a little dot that lights up different colors to let you know if your collaboration partner is online to converse. Pretty cool. Most companies use it though to monitor when and for how long their remote employees are online. It also helps to create anxiety among employees as they think they have to keep their little dot green (for Teams). This creates a lot of “wiggling the mouse” to look like one is online. And creates the façade of “being busy.” Add to that with such software rolled out globally, time zones mean nothing which can easily result in people having terrible sleep patterns (health issue) and unnecessary stress.

If you use such software, as a leader, ignore the dot. Also, take a page from Slack’s playbook: when the day is over, you cannot log on. Off is off. I’m just saying

That’s it for today. Take care of yourselves. Check in on each other and remember to comfort obtuse angles…they’re never right!!!

Peace

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