Tejus Parikh

After 14 years of working on startups in Atlanta, GA, in 2018 I moved cross country to be an IC for Amazon.com in Seattle. This blog contains occasional musings about software development and working in the field. If that sounds interesting, follow me on or connect on Linkedin.

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The Grand Remote Work Experiment: A Retrospective

Posted on December 8, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has lead to an unexpected experiment in remote working. What has worked and why?

The COVID-19 pandemic has lead to an unexpected experiment in remote working. What has worked and why?

Before anything else there were our colleagues from Wuhan that were expressing their concern about an illness that was effecting their friends and family back home. Within a month, there was a reported illness of a returning Amazon employee followed soon after of an outbreak at a nursing home in Kirkland, WA. It escalated quickly from there. There were cases reported at some of the corporate offices of the major Seattle area employers and in the first week of March they almost universally issued guidance to stay home if you can. A few weeks later schools shut down and employers changed their tune to "you should stay home." Thus began the began the biggest change in how many of us live and work since the industrial era's drive to separate home and the workplace.

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