Remote Work Bingo

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By Carrie Basas and Erin Okuno

May 08, 2020 Tyler McGoffin, a growth engineer at the company, created a remote-work bingo game with the goal of “making staying healthy and productive just a little bit easier”. The bingo board is available. Here is a free remote work bingo template that you can use for the game: The original source for this virtual Bingo board is Online Team Building Bingo by teambuilding.com. If you use the Remote Work Bingo template then you can share that link with the remote workers on your team to download it. Schedule a 30-45 minute fun break with your team Send them the Human Bingo card and explain the rules, as listed. To add coworkers' names in the appropriate boxes, players can use the design app of their choice or the Tools Annotate Text function in the Preview program. Encourage players to chat and connect to learn more about each other.

Are we there yet? Doesn’t it feel like this is the never-ending part of the COVID19 pandemic? To help get you through the Zoom video calls, working remotely, and just general blahs we’ve made you a BINGO board. COVID19 sucks, we take it seriously. This BINGO board isn’t intended to make light of the seriousness of COVID19. We also want to help point out ways fakequity is trickling or gushing in during the Stay Home Stay Safe mandates. If you have questions about any of the squares check in with a trusted colleague or friend (call, text, video conference — don’t show up at their house) to ask about it.

BINGO
Assumes everyone has high-speed internet access and computer at homeAdmonishes or gives the side-eye to someone when their kid photobombs a video callAssumes everyone has a dedicated home workspace or office. Also assumes people have constant access to computers (vs sharing in a house)Begins the meetings with the usual, “How are you?” without any acknowledgment about what’s happening in the worldShows PowerPoints slides during video calls but doesn’t narrate or use the screen sharing function
Insists that everyone be available by video all of the time now (Big Brother), especially lowest paid staffBoasts about how their staff can work remotely now, but didn’t offer these accommodations before COVID19Doesn’t check in about the feasibility or relevance of meetings set before the crisis — Business as UsualWork warrior brags about getting bored at home and going to the office even though they were asked to telecommutePublishes resources and alerts only in English
Gathers staff for in-person meetings when work could be handled through email or conference callMakes busy work for staff because they are afraid their paid staff needs to be directedFREE SPACE (Stay home if you can)Cancels office cleaning without inquiring about how to support displaced workersDoes not caption videos or provide an ASL interpreter
Talks about the joys and “freedoms” of “working from home” instead of acknowledging the stress for others trying to “survive a pandemic” Insists that a pandemic is a great time to lose weight, take on a new hobby, exercise, or become a “better person”Suggests to anxious people that all they need is some “self care” with a $40 candle and some Gwyneth Paltrow face exfoliation Reassigns staff, esp. lowest paid, to work they haven’t been trained for to justify keeping them paidParental shaming for not working enough
Wants to see if you are wearing real pants during video callsTalks on and on during a conference call not realizing how much time they are taking up*Ignores equity and race related questions during town halls, Facebook Live events, etc.Asks: “Why are you so tired?” Uses the word “equity” to justify decision making happening to people of color without including communities in decision making

Forbes Top 100 Remote Work

BINGO Squares in a list format:

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  • Assumes everyone has high-speed internet access and computer at home
  • Admonishes or gives the side-eye to someone when their kid photobombs a video call
  • Assumes everyone has a dedicated home workspace or office. Also assumes people have constant access to computers (vs sharing in a house)
  • Begins the meetings with the usual, “How are you?” without any acknowledgment about what’s happening in the world
  • Shows PowerPoints slides during video calls but doesn’t narrate or use the screen sharing function
  • Insists that everyone be available by video all of the time now (Big Brother), especially lowest paid staff
  • Boasts about how their staff can work remotely now, but didn’t offer these accommodations before COVID19
  • Doesn’t check in about the feasibility or relevance of meetings set before the crisis, business as usual
    Work warrior brags about getting bored at home and going to the office even though they were asked to telecommute
  • Publishes resources and alerts only in English
  • Gathers staff for in-person meetings when work could be handled through email or conference call
  • Makes busy work for staff because they are afraid their paid staff needs to be directed
  • FREE SPACE (Stay home if you can)
  • Cancels office cleaning without inquiring about how to support displaced workers
  • Does not caption videos or provide an ASL interpreter
  • Talks about the joys and “freedoms” of “working from home” instead of acknowledging the stress for others trying to “survive a pandemic”
  • Insists that a pandemic is a great time to lose weight, take on a new hobby, exercise, or become a “better person”
  • Suggests to anxious people that all they need is some “self care” with a $40 candle and some Gwyneth Paltrow face exfoliation
  • Reassigns staff, esp. lowest paid, to work they haven’t been trained for to justify keeping them paid
  • Parental shaming for not working enough
  • Wants to see if you are wearing real pants during video calls
  • Talks on and on during a conference call not realizing how much time they are taking up*
  • Ignores equity and race related questions during town halls, Facebook Live events, etc.
  • Asks: “Why are you so tired?”
  • Uses the word “equity” to justify decision making happening to people of color without including communities in decision making
Work from home bingo ideas

*Rewritten after realizing the original was insensitive. Practicing learning and growing about disability justice — Erin

Guest blogger: Carrie Basas works in education advocacy and formerly in civil rights law, specializing in disabilities rights. Formerly she was a law professor impressing upon law students the importance of understanding race and its impact on people. Carrie has a MEd in Education Policy, Organizations and Leadership from the University of Washington. She earned a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and an Honors B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology/Anthropology from Swarthmore College. However, her biggest claim to fame is her fashion weekend wear while hanging with her family and dog.

Remote Work Bingo Template

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