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Remote working virgin? Here's how to make it pay off for you

Adrian Weckler


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Covid-19 has driven a rise in home working. Stock image

Covid-19 has driven a rise in home working. Stock image

Covid-19 has driven a rise in home working. Stock image

'Hello, Tom? Tom, yes, we can see you, but we can't hear you. Try hitting unmute. No, wait a minute - I think it might be star six. Try star six, Tom. Tom? TRY STAR SIX TO UNMUTE." This is actually how one of my teleconference calls went this past week. I suspect I'm not alone. Much of Ireland is losing its remote working virginity in a familiar fashion - with mistimed extensions, unreliable accessories and a mild feeling of frustration after it all.

I know a fair bit about the tech itself - the laptops, microphones, screens, conferencing software, apps and remote diagnostic logins. But the artisanship of collegiate remote working is an ever-evolving process.

In the last seven days, I've been reminded of the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to remote working. I have a few requests, in case you end up on a video call with me: