In Other Words with Dave

In the early-2000s I remember our development team staying late one night after work and wrapping everything in their project manager’s workspace in aluminum foil. They wrapped his chair, desk, lamp, monitor, keyboard, mouse, pens, family photos – everything. That was a memorable “Happy Birthday” gag.

When I worked in auto design, I remember being on a team of junior designers working hands-on and over-the-shoulder of a world-class car designer. We were discussing, sketching and learning what Subarus will look like in the future. Creating the future in real time.

Alison recalls that one time a co-worker wore a tux to work for no apparent reason. She also is still in touch with the friends she made playing cards at lunch while working at The Oklahoman.

Work stories. These were in-person, human interaction, three dimensional memories. Could these have been accomplished remotely, through dual 27” monitors? Maybe – but the experience would not have been as rich. Before you think – oh no, take grandpa’s column away he’s on a rant about remote work – I kind of am. But I also understand, remote work has its advantages and is here to stay. I work remotely quite a bit, but as an agency owner, I care about our work, our clients, our team – and I care about providing an opportunity for the people I work with to have rich human experiences. And hopefully some fun memories.

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