“Stay online and available so your colleagues can reach you. Let people know if you have other responsibilities for parts of the day. ”
It's not standard procedure for anyone to be sent back home if they're from another country, but the team made a decision to make sure he wasn't alone at home. And don't worry, Jan was on board from the start.
“I got on a plane and into Czechia just hours before the borders closed, and I’m really glad I did. It’s nice to be home with family these days, but the downside is I don’t really know when I can get back to Trondheim."
Even though they’re countries apart they find time to play virtual chess and have virtual coffee machine chitchat. Harald believes you should consider the social aspects of having to work from home, not just the technical bits.
“We spent time on team building while we could and we’re benefitting from that now. Even if we hadn’t been in this situation now, the only downside would be that we got to know our colleagues better,” he says.
Since publication, Jan has returned to Trondheim. After the mandatory travel quarantine, he's now back at work in Norway.
“Make sure your colleagues have people around them. These days, working from home can be quite lonely if you’re stuck all by yourself. Check in on coworkers, not just for work.”
Creating new traditions
While working from home can be a great time to create new team traditions, it’s also a good time to continue them as well! Learn from our graduates, who moved their weekly lunch meetup in Trondheim to Teams.
“It’s nice to get together with like-minded people to just be social, instead of it having to be a meeting where we have to do some work. Which is true whether we’re meeting up in the cantina or virtually."
Arnt Erik Stene
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Keep it light
We head down the series of tubes that is the Internet and find ourselves in Bergen. Home to the Scout team, who you might recognize from our previous Loop-story. Jonas Grønås Drange tells us that while they have a lot of fun at work, they’ve also been able to take their sense of humor with them online.
“I think it’s incredibly important to be able to have fun and crack jokes while working remotely. It feels a little strange to talk together through video, no matter how used to it you are, and humor helps lighten the mood."
Jonas Grønås Drange
“Remember to take breaks. The first week I was so immersed in work I forgot to take a break and I felt really tired after just two days. Go out and get some fresh air when you can!"
While some might see working from home as a challenge and big change, most developers only need a computer to get the work done. And these days of not being surrounded by people can also have its benefits!
“We’re used to working digitally like this, so as developers we’re lucky. It’s also a great opportunity to do the things that require you to dive deep into a subject matter and just concentrate - without any distractions from colleagues,” Sverre laughs.
Working from home really isn’t all that bad, even though it can seem like a transition. And developers are lucky to be able to work from home during these times, Jan says.
“People are strictly divided in how they’re affected by this pandemic. Bus drivers, nurses, grocery store clerks and many others have to be out in the middle of this situation to do their work. I think we’re very fortunate to have a job like ours.”
No matter where you are or what you’re working with - we hope you’re staying safe. If you need distractions or a good partner for a coffee break we have plenty of stories available. And more are coming soon, so make sure you sign up for the newsletter to stay in the Loop.