Losing track of time?

I’m three weeks into WFH; it is proving an interesting experience.

Bits of my routine are the same, bits of it are very different.

As far as hours go, before the C-19 virus I was, averaging a spread of 95% to 105% of my working week.

But now I’m working on C-19 projects and my average spread of working hours/week is 125% to 140%.

I spend on average 40% of my day on Teams VCs/calls.

I haven’t committed any major visual errors yet, but did inadvertently give a few people a brief flash of my bathrobe this afternoon.

The dogs come and go, crashing through the dog flap at huge speed, so I tend to spend much of the day upstairs.

My reflexes get tested when one of the dogs jumps onto the bed and tries to walk across the keyboard, especially if I’m on a call.

Today is a Bank Holiday in India; yet I’ve been on calls with a number of offshore colleagues.

This week and next are supposed to be four-day weeks; Good Friday followed by Easter Monday; there is a possibility I might put in a couple of hours on both Bank Holidays.

What will be interesting, in the longer term, is whether employers embrace a post-virus shift away from working in those big, expensive offices, and allow a distributed workforce to carry on working from home.

It will also be worth keeping an eye on employers who recognise that if their staff can work from home, then those jobs could be done in India.

I’m looking at almost all of the Head Office functions of my former employer.

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2 Responses to Losing track of time?

  1. Allister says:

    I think it depends very much on the nature of the work. Well documented systems, well defined requirements, experienced and reliable workers, and a stable external environment may allow 100% remote workers. In my personal experience of IT, most of those are not true. As someone once said, no project plan survives contact with the enemy… errr… production environment.

    • Brennig says:

      Hmm. I’m working in a world of urgent where time is relative (lunchtime, doubly so, to quote Adams, D). But if you tell most IT depts to design a Citrix-based solution for 3,000 remote workers, procure blades, expand LUNs, install hardware, and then deliver that solution, all within two weeks… well, I think most organisations would find that a challenge