Friday, April 24, 2020

The Stay at Home Diaries: Telework Edition

My state is opening back up, which means I'll return to the office soon.  For the past five weeks or so, I've been working from home.  What's it been like? Apart from a few issues (employees with computer problems, endless video calls), it's been pretty great.

At first it was a little hard to get used to.  I slouched out to the kitchen table wearing yoga pants and a hoody.  Why was everyone sending so many emails? What was this video chat nightmare, and how was my cat able to create a new folder on my desktop by merely walking across the keyboard?

Soon, though, I got used to it.  I surveyed my closet and decided to start wearing dresses and skirts. After all, I can't wear them to work.  There are no dresses in firefighting!  Without the distractions of the office, I was able to get a lot more done.  My hour commute became a few seconds.  Since everyone else was sheltering in place, they were less likely to flee to the field, leaving calls and emails unanswered. 

I had a real kitchen (we don't have one at work)!  My cats happily "helped" by sending instant messages to people.  I looked outside and saw my trees and the green grass starting to come up.  I spied on the weird neighbors who appear to be building an illegal camping facility with outhouses on their property.  I sat in my hot tub at lunch time!

Yet the office awaits.  It somewhat resembles a hoarder home with the stuff that would freeze during the winter jammed in the only small room with heat.  Projects that we would normally have completed by now will have to be frantically done in a few days before the seasonal workforce starts.  But it has to be done; fires won't fight themselves, and we have already had a few. 

I hate the reason why I spent the last five weeks working from home, but I loved being there. 
I like this kind of coworker!





6 comments:

  1. The cat had definitely made the work from home temporary stint interesting for me! She has recently become enthralled by the mouse and cursor movements on the monitor...and thusly likes to sit between myself and my monitors to watch that pesky thing! She has no sense of what walking on the keyboard does....zzzdbdowufbdlaifhwldh. She likes to run against the microphone...while I’m on phone calls . And she has falls asleep during webex meetings...and snores...loudly!!!! Love her to pieces!

    Your cat is so pretty! (And sounds like mine in the mischief she causes during WFH)

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    1. I don't know why cats love to sit on keyboards so much! I have two cats and they both do it! It does make it fun though.

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  2. Your cat is cute. He seems to be saying "Why are you home all the time?" After working at home these past 6 weeks I'm really starting to like it. No commute and lots of quiet to concentrate - I'm actually more productive than in my crowded, noisy office. The only thing I miss is talking to my co-workers. Good luck with the re-opening of your state. I hope there's not a resurgence of COVID cases.

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    1. He does wonder that! Yes no commute is the BEST part! I do Teams meetings with my employees so I see them. I actually think most of them are more productive now too. I'm mostly worried about tourists bringing the virus here now.

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  3. I haven't minded too much working from home. My cat has liked me being home, and my stepson's dog gets to go for a lot more walks! But I am ready to get back to the office. This lockdown mess has caused more damage than good, at least here.

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    1. It's been good here. We get so many tourists that our community can't handle if they get sick or spread it. The break has been nice.

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