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Go back to the office, are you mad?

  •  Posted on Mar 31, 2021  by  | No Comments
 

Pre-covid, who didn’t dream about the flexibility of working from home five days a week? Eschewing the daily commute for more quality time with the family and/or yourself?  As lockdown eases and we look to the office return, how did those reveries pan out?

The Ideal:
Using the daily commute time to go for a run, read a book, gather thoughts before embarking on day ahead.

The Reality:
Finding the best tone on the alarm that’s not going to be too irritating on the 5th snooze.

The Ideal:
Leisurely, healthy breakfasts with the family discussing the day ahead.

The Reality:
Frantically shoving toast into mouth whilst conducting MS Teams calls and juggling laptop and a cup of tea, shoving offspring in front of TV with a bowl of coco pops “as a treat” ie the new daily routine.

The Ideal:
Working in a comfortable and temperate environment, no background noise, coffee on tap.

The Reality:
Eyeing up a growing pile of dirty cups whilst working from the kitchen for easy access to kettle. Opening and closing back door depending on whims of cat who’s loudly expressing discomfort by pretending to sound like a tortured violin. Repurposing unread books as a makeshift monitor stand whilst trying to work out whether it’s your glasses or eyes that need replacing.

The Ideal:
Saving £££’s through not embarking on daily commute and purchasing expensive lunches.

The Reality:
Burning through the savings with increased childcare/food/petrol/electricity/gas costs. Weighing up whether re-mortgage possible after deciding to embark on a remodelling project incorporating new garden office as nearly 360 days within the same four walls has turned you into a budding Kevin McCloud.

The Ideal
Fully able to focus on work in hand with no distractions from colleagues, office politics, endless meetings.

The Reality:
Anxiously trying to decipher whether Jim from Accounts is having a bad day and hung up on you in a fit of pique or whether his internet connection has just dropped out.

The Ideal
Unwinding after a full working day, glass of wine in hand, catching up on the latest boxset.

The Reality:
Squeezing in a couple more emails as no, they can’t wait till tomorrow even if it may bide you some extra snooze time. Calculating whether you can put another wash on and have it hung out before midnight whilst simultaneously preparing evening meal which you hope will be fully digested by 9pm and not cause nightmares and/or gastric problems.

What’s that you say? Some companies are looking to make the switch to remote working permanent? So dreams can come true, but perhaps be careful for what you wish for!

 
 

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