Meeting in the Old World

Hi,

Last week I happened to be talking to a work colleague about room bookings. I know, the white heat of battle, right? 😉 Stay with me as we skip over that slip into lightspeed… 😀

Given we’re what, two months in or so, into working remotely, I almost feel that the memories of commuting are vague and distant. Almost as those of dressing up, but that may be another story for another time. 🙂

As our online chat concluded, I thought back to how that might have gone before. A group of us leaving different parts of the firm (that’s half an hour); to wait outside for umpteen minutes because the previous folk overran; before giving up on waiting, to book another room; and all so we could meet up to begin work. Oh, and then stick on travel time at the end to go back to your desk.

Okay, so I exaggerate for comedic effect, but not by much. Certainly the faff of travel, parking, and room booking now seems like a bizarre ritual from the Dark Ages.

All of the above because we feared meeting online. How many years have we had the tech to do so and yet held back? No wonder I’m getting more done at home: every online meeting saves at least half an hour lost. Mind you, I’m noticing the effect on my weight 🙁

What else, I wonder, have we feared at work and now, now that things are changing, might change for the better?

When things start to ease a little, why would I spend an hour and a half driving and queuing every day? Instead, I could be at home, enjoying the view, keeping a car off the road, and reducing my carbon footprint.

L x

8 Comments

  1. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is nothing better for productivity, job satisfaction and wellbeing (apart from obesity!) than allowing staff to work some of the time from home. With our incredible electronic communication systems these days there’s no reason not to, especially when it reduces commuting costs and pollution, office rentals and overheads. What’s not to like?

    I’m glad it’s been a pleasant and productive experience for you, Lynn. You’ve even managed to double the number of blog posts you normally make, as well as enjoying more time with family and pets. Lockdown has done you good, I’d say, and given you opportunities. Hope you can continue with some of the experience into the future.

    Sue x

    1. Yes, it’s all been rather good… except the weight gain. 🙂 The walking between meetings has one benefit. Perhaps I need to be firmer on taking a break rather than plugging away all morning and then all afternoon.

      I think work well continue this way for some time and I think management’s eyes have been opened at how things have improved. They also need to cut costs and one option would be to sell a building or stop renting.

      Posting twice a week has been a challenge, but in losing the commute, I’m gaining extra time to think and get things done. The extra space in my head means I’m not so tired and for me at least, it’s tiredness that affects my creativity.

      1. That does sound good, especially as your work has realised the benefits.

        Do take the breaks as my post last month suggested. Taking five minutes out in every 30 minutes actually improves your alertness, productivity and health. Many workplace psychologists and health gurus have noted a 25 minute optimum concentration span.

        Another thing those pesky industrial health investigators have realised is that it’s not so much the work that tires you (not in white collar jobs, certainly) but the commute, especially driving, which involves hard concentration. As with all travel, your brain has to take in a lot of ‘information’, which is the landscape passing rapidly before your eyes. So, yes, more work at home = less tiredness and more time. Yay!

        Look forward to more updates.

        Sue x

        1. The 5 then 25 seems to fit the Pommodoro Method. I found that really worked for me when it came to revision.

          The lack of commute means I can keep going a bit longer, knowing that the extra ten to thirty minutes working won’t be rewarded (!) by another twenty minutes on my commute home.

          Ah, but it is nearly Friday night. The promise and possibilities of a weekend. ♥️

  2. Well firstly. I would like to echo Sue Richmond’s comments, working from home is obviously doing you the power of good! Fortunately during my working career only a relatively short time was ever spent in the ‘corporate world’ thank god. However I do have sad recollections of waiting for meeting rooms, waiting for everybody to turn up etc etc. The worst part of it for me was the ‘corporate speak’ it just seemed to inevitably get more intense with every meeting as though some of these people were trying to out ‘bullshit’ (excuse the terminology ). It became so bad I used to list all the verbal rubbish these people were coming out with. At least with remote meetings you can switch off and pretend you have lost the connection!

    Anyway, life seems to be good with you so that is a massive plus!!!

    1. Well, it’s not suit and tie corporate, more like herding cats 🙂 People try to do their best. Although like a lot in life, their goal might not necessarily be what they actually want 🙂

      I’m afraid I’ve little time for corporate doublespeak, although it can be fun to sneak in fake buzzwords to see if you can catch a BSer out. 😀

      “Will that new policy enhance our job boomerang ratio or do you think we’ll see a downscaling in employment reverb?” 😛

    1. Ha ha! Big up the Altdorf Posse! 😀 Ah, many a happy memory playing WHFRP with friends at school.

      Now you say that, in thinking about Fallout’s Old World Blues. 🙂

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