I realise that I hadn’t posted on here in yonks, so I decided that, seeing as we are in the midst of a global grounding, I might as well pick my blog up again. Because I miss posting here, y’know.
Yep, so it’s only day #5 for me because I live in the UK and we took longer than everywhere else in the world to take this pandemic seriously. And that’s not even a joke!
Last Monday, I was back in work as normal, although some of my team were already working from home as the schools had closed. (That took an age for the government to decide on too!) Monday evening brought a speech from the Prime Minister. At last, he advised people to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. He didn’t mention lockdown, but we all knew that was what he meant. I’m unsure as to why he was so reluctant to come out and actually say it. He’s probably regretting it now, as he has tested positive for the virus.
Anyhoo, my team took to the group WhatsApp straight after the speech, and it became obvious that the management were reluctant for us to all work from home. Unfortunately, though, they now had little choice – the government had spoken. And, to be honest, after a few weeks of trying to act nonchalant, I was starting to worry, especially about my parents. And, secretly, working from home has been my ambition for a long time.
So, on Tuesday, I took my laptop into work for the IT guy to prepare for WFH (as all the cool kids are calling it). I managed to wangle an additional monitor and, once they let us leave (which they clearly did not want to do), I raced home excitedly and set everything up in my spare room-cum-office.
Wednesday was my first day working from home. I love it! I have seen numerous people on Twitter complaining about it, but what’s not to like?! I can work flexi hours, turn up late, wear my scruffs and no makeup everyday, and nobody can tell me off for it. Because they can’t see me! And I can still get all of my work done without co-workers pissing me off.
For an introvert, it is the ideal situation. It’s just a shame that people have died to allow this to happen.
Admittedly, it is an extremely scary situation, and I hope you are all doing what you can to stop the spread of this terrible virus. I may be happy to stay at home, but I am very aware that I am, on this occasion, doing it for a good reason rather than just being antisocial. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for unwittingly passing the virus on to someone else because I couldn’t follow simple instructions.
If you don’t need to leave the house, then don’t, and hopefully we can get this under some control very soon. Stay safe.