A Year Wiser With Remote Working

Joe Patti beat me to the punch with his blog post yesterday that references an article by Rani Molla in the 3/23/21 edition of vox.com that reports on some research from various academic and corporate sources.

What really jumps out at me are the way data is used to confirm or refute assumptions, such as younger age groups would be more inclined to want to continue working from home thanks to the misconception that anything tech related will be more appealing to younger generations.

Young people felt they were missing out on the mentorship and soft skills they would have received working alongside older colleagues in the office, who can help them advance their careers.

Bother personally and professionally, I’m thrilled to see the arts and culture sector get thrown into the deep end of remote working, even if everyone wishes we took a different path getting there.

With vaccine’s rolling out and orchestras spending time thinking about coming together, I hope everyone takes a moment to read Molla’s article.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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