I was going to write about how to work remotely or from home. After all, I’ve been doing it for more than a decade. But hundreds of people have beaten me to it. So you don’t need my advice about creating a work ‘zone’, managing your routine or making sure you stay in touch. Which is probably for the best, because it all somewhat misses the point.
Because while hundreds of thousands of us are indeed now working from home, or making preparations to do so, that’s not the half of it. We’re also looking after children, looking out for neighbours and trying to stop elderly relatives from heading into town for some milk. We’re worrying about our colleagues, our jobs and our livelihoods.
And we’re all, quite frankly, scared witless that the very fabric of our society is about to come tumbling down on our heads.
So this is a little bit more than just ‘working from home’.
I’m in awe, quite frankly, of those who are out there working on what has become the ‘front line’ against the COVID-19 virus. From the doctors and nurses (and paramedics, technicians, administrators, cleaners and more) in our hospitals, to the lovely people on the checkout in my local supermarket.
And I’m touched by the efforts that individuals and companies are going to, as they try to keep society functioning. From specific opening times for the elderly and vulnerable, to free delivery for those who are unable to leave their homes. The circumstances are truly horrible, but our capacity for compassion and innovation is overwhelming.
Here at Sockmonkey HQ, it’s all systems go. Work continues apace, but with no travel and a lot more videoconferences. Being a school governor just got a whole lot more serious. And I’m doing my best to keep in touch with the lovely fundraising volunteers – some of them elderly and vulnerable – that I manage at our local lifeboat station.
Whatever the coming weeks and months may hold, we’re all in this together. So just do what you can. Look after yourself and those around you. And hang on in there. Because this, too, shall pass.
Director, Sockmonkey Consulting