The workload here at the ranch does not change just because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Records need to maintained, animals need to be fed, watered and otherwise cared for, and the development of a new herd/flock management system continues.
I am sure that this is also true for most row crop and truck crop farms also. Some of them are affected, however. They need seasonal workers for planting and harvesting. Due to COVID-19, the usual seasonal workers are often not available. Without them, the planting does not happen and neither does the harvesting — leaving the crops to rot in the field.
In the office I suffer from a lot of walk-by conversations / requests for help. Our office environment is also very noisy.
I used to look forward to WFH days (they were not exactly encouraged by Senior Management back then).
I used to get loads of work done.
I used to be able to clear my inbox.
I used to get some "quiet" time to think and concentrate.
I sent an email today asking for details of a query I've been asked to construct and run - the original request was via a M$ Teams phone call and I couldn't remember all of the details. I even said that I couldn't remember all of the details. "Please send me the details".
So, instead, I got another phone call via Teams that I couldn't actually answer because of another call on my mobile. I think I preferred the walk-bys
Btw - I'm not self-isolating! Just following Gov advice and working from home because I can
The ones I "like" are the we have a duty of care to ensure you are ok working from home calls. These are a new thing, my boss is made to do them by HR, but clearly thinks they are a good idea too. I don't mind a daily update to ensure I am not spending (the whole) day sitting in the garden with a beer, but I am not sure that if I did have an actual "problem" a daily group call with my boss and the team would sort me out in any way.
I completely agree. I'm not particularly comfortable with video calling - tbh I'm not that comfy with phone calls either. It was starting to feel as if I was being bullied into participating which was even worse!
Thank heaven all this extra video mullered our infrastructure and we had to turn off our cameras
Many of our team are "consultants" whose day-to-day job is a lot of face-to-face .. because they have much more time on their hands they think everyone has. I keep getting "coffee roulette" invites … really? Drinking coffee while looking at the screen talking to someone I barely know.
I've had the same and I say never again.
No job or salary is worth investing three hours a day five days a week (that's 15 a week, almost two extra work days!).
Basically, you're working two extra days at no pay.
I started working four days when I did that then I slowly felt my happiness draining.
After a two week Christmas break I cried when I had to get back to work.
You get used to it, but when you're missing it you get reminded about how much it sucks.
I just started working at a new company and my first job was at a company halfway across the country.
They promised me exciting new challenges like a move to Azure and Azure DevOps (or whatever it was called back then).
Ultimately, I ended up doing the same thing I did at my previous employer, which was 15-20 minutes by bike or five by car.
After less than four months I told them I wanted to quit, but in the end I stayed for a good seven months to finish a project I started.
My next assignment was about as far from home, but the times were flexible and I could work from home on regular basis.
That one was doable until people started to complain I worked from home so much (including a guy who had the same commute).
I'm now working for myself and rented a place which is 15-20 minutes by bike again
I'll never get the people who say "a three hour commute is just part of the job and I don't mind it, I've still got my weekends."
You're doing yourself and your family short with that kind of attitude (unless you hate your family and/or yourself).
And if people stopped having that attitude we'd solve a big part of the traffic problem as well!
I used to have a hour commute each way. At first I hated it.. then after a few months, I didnt mind it, autumn colors and ability to listen to the stereo at unreasonable levels. Then I found during the stressful and sometimes infuriating days, it was actually good to have that hour to decompress and not carry it into my home. I did it for 5 years. By then, my kid was in school and highly active in sports and stuff. It became apparent that was time lost for a future of important things to come. Then compensation stagnated so it was time to move on.
Now i work 3.5 miles from my house, now in work from home order. There is something to be said for remote work and minimal commute especially while raising family. I had to find ways to not bring the stresses home with maybe only marginal success.
I have always been more of a fan of traditional office environments with face to face interaction and social time with colleagues. Working from home was a nice perk when situations required. But if I choose to stay in this profession, the current world of events has shown that the industry is about to change and I am much more open to a more permanent remote work environment than I used to be.
Some years back I had to drive 3 hours to a client site, once a month. Three hours down and back, and 6 hours on site -- made for a 12 hour day. Surprising, that commute I didn't mind, but 99% of the drive was rural/light urban, so I didn't have to be on guard constantly for idiots suddenly changing lanes, traffic coming to a quick halt, etc. The conditions of the commute make a difference.
I, too, long believed in a typical office environment, especially when working with a team. However, the current WFH situation has proved we can adapt. Oddly enough, even for a bunch of introverts, we get group conversations going on MS Teams and chat about miscellaneous stuff.
Maybe we're not quite as introverted as we all think?
During my 30+ years in the IT industry I've experienced several environment changes, and I agree this is another one. I have hopes that the end result will prove positive, even if the circumstances of the change are not.
You get the idea. I feel like I could make a buzzword bingo card just based on meeting names. That said, I'm not as productive at home as in the office. Between needing to talk to somebody who is also in more meetings, to chasing after the puppy who is excited to have someone home all the time, to helping my children with remote learning, it's hard to get stuff done sometimes. This is really helping me further appreciate educators, which is saying something since I have several in the family.
There are some of us (at least myself and my fearless leader) who already have been working from home. Pretty much nothing has changed. Just the usual feast-or-famine level of work.
Meetings, too - they know better than to add me to meeting invites, but someone did, recently, and I telephoned in.
All that's really changed is not going in to work now-and-then to see the few faces that are just glad to see you and don't want anything from you - a little face-to-face, whereby I can 'sense' their existence, would be nice. The self isolation limits access to the living and breathing sentients (and others) is always a bit in the air.
But that's all on me.
No kids, no partner, no distractions...
Just a lack of discipline on my side
I'm either always at work or always at home.
It's not very motivating.
I've had the same problem last year when I worked from home for almost five months.
Ultimately, I paid for a desk in some office building just be out of the house and among people.
Another five months later and I'm back at home
I had very much the same experience.
For me it's near impossible to get into "work mode" and stay on target with what I'm supposed to be doing while sitting in the same chair and spot I do to play games, watch series and forget about work...
Luckily we opened up the office again in smaller scale for those that wish, and are healthy, to work on site again
The time I'm saving by being more productive from home is NOT used to do more work. It's used to do stuff around the house of course...
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