13 Mar 2020
I have been off work and working from home following knee surgery a week ago. So now I have some insight to what it’s like being forced to work from home.
Nearly 20 years ago I worked from home at a start up accountancy practice and hated it. It felt like I was never fully at home and never fully at work. It was also prior to the cloud so communication and systems were not fit for purpose.
So what has my experience been to date:-
I haven’t done a full week’s working, probably two thirds as need some rest and exercises as part of my recovery. However in terms of loss of output I would say hardly any lost.
Although my absence has caused extra work for my colleagues in the office, this is easily overlooked when focusing on your own output.
My co-directors have done all the heavy lifting on disaster planning due to the Coronavirus; I am grateful to be part of such a fantastic team where we can rely on each other to step forward when somebody has to step back temporarily. It looks like there will be a lot of this going forward.
Finally, I didn’t have the worry of those self isolating due to Coronavirus, so I didn’t feel the stress they must be under, wondering if they have it, or will they recover or pass it onto loved ones.
As with all challenges, look to see what you can learn and benefit from going forward!
Best of health everyone!