My Top Tips on Remote Working

Guillaume Lavergne, Condition Monitoring Specialist, France

Could you say a little about yourself and your background?

Guillaume-Lavergne-SenseyeGood morning! My name is Guillaume Lavergne. I’m a 30-year- old chemical engineer, and I’m passionate about all things industry and technology.

I spent the first years of my career in Moscow, at the French multinational Air Liquide - one of the world leaders in special gases making. I worked in industrial operations for the large industry BU as a reliability engineer, where my main role was to ensure that all production stops (reliability events) were thoroughly accounted for and analyzed. This was needed to identify the main root causes and produce an action plan to counteract upon.

I also spent time with Air Liquide as lead analyst for its maintenance program (SIO predict). I first deployed the predictive analytics tool (AVEVA PRiSM) to all main industrial sites, then coordinated and maintained activities based on those analytics. That was a very exciting mission, and I found the results extremely rewarding.

Why did you decide to join Senseye?

After noticing the massive impact that predictive analytics had on maintenance policy at Air Liquide, it became obvious that the way one handles its industrial operations was on the verge of a ground-breaking change. All of a sudden, maintenance was no longer a mandatory expenditure, both in terms of time and money; but rather the center around which industrial operations revolved.

I saw the value and excitement in developing an intuitive, user-friendly and automated tool to drive and fuel this change. After researching some companies, I found the positioning, ambition and capabilities of Senseye to be the most promising. So I came aboard.

What is your role at Senseye?

I am a condition monitoring specialist. I admit, it’s an ambiguous title, essentially I help implement condition-based and predictive maintenance with Senseye PdM, by finding the most suitable data and information to measure from a customer’s assets. I do this by understanding how a customer works, how their equipment operates and what kind of failures they’re faced with.

This role requires knowledge ranging from understanding electrical/mechanical/hydraulic/functional and logical diagrams, a minimal knowledge in instrumentation and IT/OT connectivity and of course data analysis skills.

What does remote working mean to you in terms of your work and life?

Most importantly, it leaves more time for shut eye, as you save commuting time! (laughs)

Seriously though, I’m able to be more flexible in the way I handle my working time, ensuring I can do my work while also being available for urgent day-to-day, personal tasks.

It also means you’re no longer immediately accessible to your colleagues, although this goes both ways. It’s easier to concentrate on tasks at hand, but if you have an idea or question you’d like to run by someone there’s no more informal chats. Setting up calls can mean you’re productive and questions are answered efficiently but it does affect that teamwork spirit. I think this could be a drawback for remote working to some people.

What are your top tips for successful remote working?

I don’t think they’re far from the advice I’d give for office work. You should wake up, start and end work at consistent times and leave the room for breaks. This is more important when at home, as separating work and life can be trickier.

At the beginning of the day I like to go through my backlog of emails and pending actions from the day before, take a look at the meetings one week ahead - to decide whether they need prepping or not - then define priorities and objectives for my day.

I think you should definitely take extra caution to apply these principles more stringently when working at home, there are certain distractions that you have to avoid.

If you can, I think a dedicated room, where you do nothing else but work is so beneficial. If that’s not possible, then just a space free from distractions (put that phone in a drawer!) is helpful. You should also agree with the hours - with those you live with - when you can’t be disturbed. Clearly communicating this is respectful to family and housemates and makes time together easier. 

Read more about remote working at Senseye with other articles in the series: "My Top Tips on Remote Working".