Today was my 1st day working from home and I have to admit, I have never felt more relaxed. It’s everything I thought it would be.
I see myself as a slight introvert. Someone who would definitely be a hermit if I didn’t have to leave my house everyday to go to work so being told that I had to self isolate for who knows how long was almost like a dream come true. The amount of times I have looked for work from home jobs but figured there was a catch. Or the amount of times I would complain at work about how we could do our jobs from home but was always told that would never happen….
Well, here we are. Fast tracked and doing it.
And I have never been more happy and comfortable in my life. I’m hoping when all this virus stuff blows over this could be a potential permanent full time thing. Or at least on a part time basis. The potential to actually have increased productivity as well as saving the company money is pretty good.
Take me for instance, I do enjoy working a lot of the time but the things about work I don’t like is the whole getting up and travelling. I’m sure that’s the same for 75% of people.
I spend $35 a day on travel and can spend anywhere from 3 and a half to 5 and a half hours a day travelling. That’s not counting those bad days where everything is cancelled and bus replace trains which is often. I’m late for work fairly regularly and I hate it. Already I have no excuse for being late if I’m working from home. Today I started work at 9 and didn’t get out of bed till 8:30. Usually my alarm would be going off at 6am and I’d be out the door by 7:30. I got up, had a coffee, got everything ready, fed the dogs then sat down and checked in with people. It was so….. Different.
I didn’t feel suffocated.
I know that we’re being micromanaged more than anything and that’s something I usually hate but I think I can deal with it. There’s a big difference between looking over my shoulder and seeing what I’m doing to managing me and checking on me every once in awhile. My manager will it be able to see what I’m doing more than anything if he wants to but as long as you’re not doing anything bad then why should you worry? And I’m not doing anything bad. I guarantee they will see my productivity increase significantly.
I plan on using this opportunity to try and prove myself as a better worker from a far. I’m hoping that they will just leave me to work from home. I highly doubt it but it’s worth dreaming.
On top of all that I sorted out my spare room and now call it my office. I’ve got my desk all arranged and work will be delivering another monitor as well as a new desk chair. I’m expecting that tomorrow. I’ve got a little corner of the room with a couch which I put there so Brendan can come and sit in there with me if he’s not working. I’ve dressed it up with a little table, chocolate, books and even some light refreshments. I call that corner my waiting room or “casting couch”.
I’m not going to lie. Besides the fact that the whole reason I’m even given this opportunity is because of a shitty pandemic is fucked up.
The way my work has handled this is great though. They quickly got everything in order, got us trained on how to sort ourselves out remotely, arranged equipment and kept us up to date with the virus. It actually made me proud and feel less stressed about the situation. Never did I think for a second that any of the people who work there was at risk of losing their job because of this. We were even encouraged to not come in if we felt uncomfortable.
I actually have a lot more to write but I’m starting to get tired so I may continue my corona talk tomorrow.
Anyways, here’s some pics of my first day. All it really consisted of was work, alot of coffee, petting Amity who is now titled “Office Cat” and getting used to the silence.