In case you didn’t know, columns like this are usually written well in advance of when the magazine is published. Of course, there are times where something important gets rushed at the last minute in order to make it into the next issue. (“Hold the presses! We’re remaking page one.”) Normally, though, writing and publishing are carefully planned around precise schedules that must be followed. Even though you are reading this sometime in the middle of May or later, I am writing this during the first days of April while we are still observing the shelter-in-place restrictions due to the coronavirus.
I hope that by the time this column is published, the restrictions on gathering in public have been lifted, and life is returning back to normal. But, for now, everyone is doing their best to limit their contact with each other. This means that a lot of people across the world—especially in the PCB design industry—are working from home for the first time in their careers.
If this is the position that you find yourself in, and you are looking for some ideas on how to work successfully from home, I shared some recommendations in a recent column that you may find helpful. Thankfully, our technology today is better prepared for remote offices than ever before, and many EDA tool vendors and suppliers are offering work-from-home options to help their customers as well. Who would have guessed, though, that when we planned a theme for this month’s edition of exploring industry expectations that the biggest expectation would end up being, “Stay home!” But that’s the hand that we’ve been dealt.
Thankfully, everyone is doing what they can to help keep each other safe. Soon, I hope the expectation of “stay at home” will turn around to become “get back to work,” and that will be a welcome relief for everyone. There are a lot of other expectations, however, that designers deal with regularly, too. While some expectations are normal—and, well, expected—in the workplace, there are also those that do more harm than good.
To read this entire column, which appeared in the May 2020 issue of Design007 Magazine, click here.