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Zooming is Now to Video Meetings What Kleenex is to Tissue

Zoom is now a global household word, kind of like Kleenex is to tissues.

This blog is a catch-all of all things Zoom…


Zoom Phone

We are, as readers of this blog know, pioneers (a wee bit ahead of early adopters).

The instant I heard Zoom was adding phoning we jumped on it. I think we were one of their first clients!

Why Zoom phone?

Here are a few benefits:

  1. You can switch from a phone call to a meeting with the click of a button
  2. You can add your own “music on hold” or business building tips, or promos for your new products
  3. You can transfer calls between Team members
  4. You can add a phone number to a Team Member in another country. Then when you call, or a client calls them, it is a local, seamless call
  5. You can see when someone is “away”, “available”, on a call, in a meeting, and so on
  6. You can set holiday hours

The above are a few that come to my mind, there are more.

Each Zoom phone line costs $15/ month USD.

Zoom Fatigue

Ever hear the term “Zoom fatigue”? I have…

Comes from endless Zoom video meetings throughout the day.

How can you avoid?

Do more audio-only calls. Shorten meeting times.

Set an agenda.

As it turns out, some people – extroverts mostly – do not get Zoom fatigue! They get energized by meeting with people online.

Check it out here:

What People Really Think About Hybrid Work?

Zoom did an extensive survey of people working from home due to “you know what”.

It is revealing. It depends on age, sex, and other factors what the trends are. Some people want to get back to office to work. Others want a hybrid.

Here are the details:

Thanks for reading…

Two Things to Focus on for Remote Workers

Man ‘o man, I love it when big companies get it right. As in mega-companies. Think “380,000 employees mega”.

Who is the mega-company that just got it right?


And what exactly did they get right?

Two crucially important things “managing” remote workers (I hate that word when used with people).

Here is what they got massively right…

Outcomes versus Hours

Empower people to produce outcomes. Do not pay them by the hour.

Hmmm, been saying that for years and years. Sorry for this…and, oh well, I just have to shout this out – “I TOLD YOU SO!!!”


Trust that people want to excel. They want to do great work. If not, do you really want them working for you by the hour?

Good point, right?

Let them produce the outcomes with their methods and using flex-time. (With the exception of some remote work that may be “emergency driven”).

Here is the blog:

The Best Two Sentence Remote Policy Ever


Thanks for reading…

The Environmental Benefits of Remote Working

This pandemic has forced a lot of people to work from home…but…wait…why…is…this…happening…

I took an in-depth look at recruitment ads over the last few weeks.

There are a lot of companies looking for Controllers, Senior Accountants, and bookkeepers.

The shocking thing is how many want someone to – still, in these days – drive to work.

At best, I have seen the words, “temporarily remote”. Huh?

Is this a control thing? Or “hey we have such an amazing culture; we want you to come to our office and share in the joy” thing?

A lot of work has to be done away from home, at a workplace. I get that.

But accounting?

We have been working for over 20 years, “in the cloud”, virtually, without paper. It works better. It is more effective, and our Team produces better results working in a comfortable home space.

There are so many benefits to working from home. Let us look at 3 types. For the worker. For the business. And for the environment.

Benefits for The At-Home Worker

No commute. This can be a huge amount of extra time for your family or just to get more done.

No dress code. You can work in your housecoat, or whatever you prefer.

No lunches out. This can save a lot of money, time, and eating at home can be much healthier!

No commute means less wear and tear on your car, and no gas. Maybe you now only need one car. Now there is a savings!

Coffee or tea or snacks when you want with no one watching. Coffee is always better when made at home.

Flex-time. Often you can work different hours – sleep in and work late.

You can take your kids to school and pick them up.

Working from home is definitely much better for your kids in every possible way!

Benefits for the Business

Happy workers means less turnover. The savings here are amazing. No re-training costs. No severance pay.

More productive workers. Happy workers, creating their own unique at-home bubble, will get more done.

Giving a benefit that people really want will increase loyalty.

Benefits for the Environment

No driving to work. This clearly is a positive impact on our planet! Less emissions, no clogged roads.

Paperless – at our company, we do not print cheques, or use paper. Everything is online, virtual, and paperless. Less trees to cut down to make paper is a good thing. Ask a tree.

Less chance of bad accidents when weather conditions are grim. Hey, this is Canada, with ice and snow, and it can get slippery out there.

In Summary

Kindly consider your people – who in your business is a knowledge worker? Consider that they will get more done at home, be happier, and stay with you longer. All this is not only good for them, and saves you money, the earth will love you for it!

Thanks for reading…

5 Boundaries You Should Set Between Work and Home Life

I just read a good Blog from Regus (the global shared office company). Actually 2 blogs.

The first talked about 5 boundaries to set working from home. And who is not working from home (at least part-time), these days?

One idea is a new one for me.  Our Team has been working from home for over 2 decades. I have not commuted in 23 years.

What the Blog suggested was a Fake Commute.

Most people hate their dreaded commute. Hours stuck in traffic every day. What is there to like?

Well, the commute was your time!

Now that you are at home, you need to reclaim your commute time. You do this with a walk around the neighbourhood in the morning before work! Great idea.

To read the rest if the ideas click here:

5 Boundaries Leaders Should Set

The other Regus Blog was about trust. As a leader you must trust your remote workers are productive.

I have written about this before. At ControllershipPLUS we trust our people. Our Team members flex their time. Yet they are super-productive. They get more done working from home.

Check out the “Trust” blog here:

Why CEOs Need to Trust Remote Workers

Thank you Regus for some great Blogs. And thank you dear reader for reading…