The power of remote work comes partly from the ability to design your own environment and schedule so that it suits your own wiring and metabolism. That’s something I’ve come to value thanks to my immersion in the work of neurodiversity advocates: Autistic, ADHD and other non-neurotypical people who’ve helped me see that we can all benefit from reflecting on what inhibits our capacity, and what brings out our best.
You can see that influence in my latest piece for The Wall Street Journal, Slack, Trello, Microsoft Teams: Features to Look for in Collaboration Software. I outline seven key considerations in picking software to help your hybrid team work more effectively, and one of the most important is customization. As I write in the story:
There’s a reason that conference rooms have adjustable chairs: When each person at the table can set their seat height and angle to what they find most comfortable, it’s easier to give your full attention to the business at hand. Good collaboration software (well, pretty much any office software) works the same way, by letting workers adjust their working environment so that it works for their own work style and needs.