I guess I’ve been working so hard, I forgot what it’s like to be hardly working – Michael Scott.
Well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve hardly posted and part of the reason is because I would sit on my laptop all day long for work. By the time 5pm rolled around, I couldn’t get off it quick enough. But, we’ll get into the pros and cons of being back in the office in a short while.
I’m back in the office. For the foreseeable future. Hey ho, back to a semblance of “normality” I guess, whatever that means. It’s madness when you think about it. The whole situation, I mean. Some people are back in offices. Others aren’t. I did a couple of polls about if people were back in the office or not (about a month ago when I went back – lordy, it’s been a month already?!) and the vast majority was “nope, still wfh”. I’d love to know what goes on in the heads of various employers, like a fly on the wall of their decision-making brains.
I am jealous of those who can roll out of bed five minutes before they start their shift, log on via Microsoft Teams from the comfort of their bed and have their own coffee in their favourite mug every morning. I became quite the coffee drinker during the six months I worked from home. That’s probably what I miss most about working from home, and the fact that I could look like a slob and nobody would have any idea. I could work naked if I really wanted to. I didn’t, but I could have. I did work in my bikini on that one scorcher when it was something like thirty-seven degrees. No amount of fan was keeping me cool enough to not be practically naked. I couldn’t exactly head into the office in a bikini, could I, especially in this weather. I also haven’t missed spending money on petrol, although a lot less than before since I bought a new car (three days before I had to go back to the office) and I haven’t missed the thirty/forty-minute commute. Traffic has come out of nowhere this week.
That being said, I appreciate seeing people every day. Lockdown made me a little stir-crazy. A lot, in fact. I didn’t go out for days at a time, sometimes up to weeks. I didn’t look after myself in terms of eating properly. Crisps, chicken noodles, chocolate etc. The odd salad. I did really well at keeping fit which has slipped since returning to the office. Drastically. Seeing my colleagues and having normal conversations about normal things has been something that I didn’t know I craved, to be quite honest. Office banter (I know, I hate to use the term, especially after that awful poster in the tube that went around) really does wonders for me.
I also missed my double screens that I have in the office. Working from a laptop at home is a privilege that many people don’t have as is having two screens to myself at work. Seeing everything at once makes life so much easier as a copywriter.
I missed the café. Boy did I miss that café, but my purse didn’t and my bank probably cries every time I walk through the café doors… which is a lot. I tell myself I won’t buy anything. This week, for example: I was off on Monday and Tuesday, so only have three days of work. As soon as 9am hit Wednesday morning, I was in there like a shot asking for a hot chocolate.
So, as with everything there are pros and cons. I would prefer to work from home at least part of the week. Am I just being lazy? Maybe. I know that the hour between 3pm and 4pm wasn’t nearly as long at home as it is in the office some days. We call it The Witching Hour. Would I love to save more money? Obviously. Would I feel safer? With the rate of things at the moment, 100%. Would I miss my colleagues and the normality of speaking to people every day? Yes, definitely.
Working from home had its difficulties for me and I’m sure it does with everyone else who is working in their home. There are challenges with separating work life and home life, especially if – like me – you work from your bed. I don’t have any children, so I can’t comment on how hard that situation is. I don’t have many home distractions apart from doing the washing or the dishes or tidying a bit here and there. All I’m saying is, overall, I had a decent experience and being back in the office is a bit of a love/hate situation right now.
Are you still working from home? Are you back in the office? How are you feeling about it all?
Love, Faye xo