This is a topic I have been interested in covering for some time and as our world faces a crisis dictating that we stay home, it seems like a good time to talk about teleworking. Everyone will have a different situation of course, but we thought we would share some of our experiences. I continue to suggest a need to stay connected to your team and while we have lots of technology available to help us, there are a couple of things you can do to help avoid getting knocked out of the loop.

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00:38     Intro to the team and topic
01:39     Compañero Shout-Outs & a tip from a compañero
05:05     Our teleworking experiences & the four components that we’ll cover
07:02     You need to find out what your company’s expectations are
09:46     Some companies are having to do adjustments to support the new load
10:57     Two reasons emails to prove productivity are a bad plan
13:32     Productivity is the number one issue that people worry about
15:38     How are you going to convey productivity to your company?
17:05     This could be an opportunity for you to learn how to work from home
19:29     Don’t do more goldbricking than you usually do. Get your stuff done.
23:13     Keep your camera on for meetings and don’t worry about the background
24:46     How Eugene keeps work time and home time separate
25:51     Carlos turns his camera on, proving that he is human. What about Kevin and Eugene?
27:12     You might find you’re more productive at home than you were at the office
29:06     How to deal with the fact that you have kids at home
32:45     Create a structure for yourself and stick with it
34:09     Closing Thoughts

When you work from home, [all the structure you’re used to] goes out the window, so set office hours, try to stick to them, force yourself to take breaks.

Eugene Meidinger

Meet the Hosts

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Carlos Chacon

With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at and provides training through SQL Trail events.

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Eugene Meidinger

Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.

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Kevin Feasel

Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

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