I feel like on GB we end up discussing how the gang has been adapting to working from home and what that has been like for them and us as users. I am really curious though what everyone elses transition to working from home has been in the different fields that I'm sure a lot of us come from. Personally I work for a big company as a graphic designer and we have offices around the world that I interact with daily. Since March everyone in the office had been ordered to go home and all we got was a keyboard with a security card reader - no laptops or anything - which was kind of odd at the time. Except for maybe the first week of slight awkwardness, my workflow has barely changed. Myself and everyone in my department dial into virtual machines and work regular 8 hour shifts as normal. While my brother tells me that his days are basically spent watching Netflix and not doing a whole lot, I am doing as much if not more work than I would be at the office - except now there is painful latency attached to everything.
Overall, except for the strange increase in the workload, it's been business as usual. I deal with very strict deadlines and we are still expected to adhere to our previous productivity metrics. According to upper management everything is working at roughly 98% efficiency of what it was back in the office days so it seems like no one is really skipping a beat. The biggest challenges are personal I guess. It is a lot easier to get distracted at home. I'm sure people with pets or family can attest to this. Thankfully I only own a cat that is fairly passive but I do need to take breaks from work throughout the day to entertain her or else I end up getting a whole bunch of cat butt parading in front of my monitor. I've been able to stretch laziness to the breaking point where I can. Although all my work is very closely monitored with KPI's being counter and all that, but I've been able to get up literally 3 minutes before it's time to log in for work at 7:30 and still make it. That of course is followed by logging in and then making breakfast, getting dressed, cleaning up after the cat etc as I await for folder permissions to come through so I can start on the days new projects. There was a time when I tried to throw in exercise somewhere during the day but as time has gone by I've become a lot more lethargic. I used to be a pretty big runner, would run quite a lot, but with the need to wear masks I've given up on it.
All that said I am still very grateful to be employed in these times. I can't imagine having to actually look for work during the pandemic and from the few stories of friends that had to it doesn't sound very fun. So how have you guys been adapting? How has your work changed now that you moved to working remotely? Or do you still go to the office?