Can you describe your working situation pre Covid?
Life changed considerably for me on Friday March 16th 2020. Without sounding too dramatic, it is a day that I will never forget. Level 5 lockdown had just been announced. It was a Friday. I finished work in Dublin with a view to working from home for a couple of weeks.…and here we are – almost one year later. Who could have known?
Our group is based in a fabulous building in Dublin 2 and this is where I am fortunate to have worked since 2015.
For the past 6 years, my routine has involved two very early morning drives to Dublin leaving my home in Co. Kilkenny at 5am. This was followed by a long day in the office with an overnight stay in Dublin. On Tuesdays, I usually managed to beat the traffic out of Dublin by leaving before 4pm. Wednesdays were my work from home days and I repeated the routine on Thursday/Friday. By Friday evenings I collapsed in a heap on the couch (with a nice large G&T in my hand)
How have you settled into permanently working from home?
I will be honest and say that it took me a while to settle into working from home full-time. New routines had to be established as we learned to cater for a range of differing family needs to accommodate 1 school going teenager, 1 Uni student and 1 husband all requiring remote access and a quiet room to work from.
Roll on a month or so and I have settled into my new routine and I am beginning to wonder how I ever did what I did. I am a new woman! Most mornings, I sleep in until 7:30am and sometimes even later. At lunchtime, I get out for a quick walk, I have a healthy lunch and I might even have time to put on a load of washing. And guess what! My productivity and the productivity of my team has increased. We have more time to concentrate and focus.
So yes, in short, I am now loving these new working arrangements. However, effective technology has played a critical role in enabling us to do just that. We have a technology guru who has made sure that everyone has the tools required to work remotely at their finger-tips.