Weekend Plans Post: The Return to the Office
Man, the pandemic. That was *NUTS*, huh? We had a whiteboard and we had guesses for various things involved with how bad it was going to get. Every single one of our guesses, in all categories, was low. Even the guy who was really, really pessimistic. Well, for months we did things at work that involved going in masked, only working in rooms where you were alone… I did a bunch of work in a bay that had its garage doors open and I was the only guy in a room the size of a basketball court and I still felt paranoid about it.
Remember that sort of thing? I went home, I threw my clothes down the stairs before my decontamination shower… we put our groceries in the sun room except for the frozen stuff that just got wiped down… panicking about running out of toilet paper, running out of paper towels, running out of Kleenex…
Work shifted around us. The early months of “safe at home” had my meetings *EXPLODE*. Seriously, there were days that I had five meetings and each one lasted an hour. I realize now that that’s because there was very little we could do but a *MEETING* was *SOMETHING*. The sysadmins worked with the network guys and made a bunch of previously air-gapped lab servers into servers you could get into from home (only through the VPN, of course). Work evolved and stuff that used to require being physically there for a particular event became stuff you could do from your laptop. People only had to go in maybe three days a week for the really big stuff and that turned into two days a week and that turned into one.
My job *FINALLY* got transformed into one that I could work 80% from home in July or August of this year.
So, of course, management sent out the email that said “We’re going back to the office. November will be 100% office again.”
As such, Friday will be spent packing up all of my WFH stuff and loading it into the car and taking it into the cubicle where I will be doing work that we all worked very hard to turn into stuff that I could do from my basement.
Fair enough. I like my coworkers and it will be good to spend all day with them. I just, you know, really like having a commute of 2 minutes. And kitty breaks.
I hope that I will have fewer meetings.
So this will be the last weekend of the old world. We prepare for 2019 come Monday. Oh, and it’s my Nephew’s birthday. We’ll be going to Fargo’s. I got him a gift card to that place he likes, a smallish Lego set, and a “YOU’RE TURNING 1!” Elmo birthday card. I’ll tell him that we found the card in a drawer and we bought it two decades ago for his older brother. Maybe it’ll be funny.
So… what’s on your docket?
(Featured image is “The Fly”. Photo taken by Maribou.)