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MedComms Networking - 30 June 2020
Many thanks to Eleanor Steele for leading last week's webinar about taking control of your MedComms career. You can watch the video here and download supporting resources here.
Tomorrow, we're talking about Working in MedComms at OPEN Health. Everyone's welcome.
Meanwhile, please, indulge me if I share a couple of personal stories.
In December, I moved out of my physical office. My home from home for many years. Indeed, at times, it seemed it was my home. It's now my virtual office. I committed to working from home full-time, henceforth known as WFH. A huge decision. I liked my "cave" where I worked intensively, away from family distractions. Also, a very simple decision. I've grown accustomed to working from anywhere. I've certainly worked a lot at home. Frankly, it was a useful money-saving exercise. Why had it taken me so long? My biggest challenge was where to put everything I'd accumulated. Ah, memories.
Back at home, the family thought differently. I was in the way more often. Taking up more space. Eating too many snacks.
But the office puppy, Ted, and I settled in quickly enough and started making plans to equip our workspace better. The desk was too small. The chair not as comfortable as the ergonomic, very expensive, office chair, which had become me-shaped. But it's our home space and aesthetics were more important. Previously, I only worried about function. Now the family had views on what was appropriate. And new kit's expensive. We'll worry about it later...
Within six weeks I was on painkillers with sciatica. Seriously uncomfortable. It's taken weeks to get over it.
It turned out WFH full-time was a whole different ball game. And that was before lockdown.
Second story. Mrs L started WFH at the lockdown in March and recently found out she'll be WFH until at least January 2021, and probably beyond.
Me and Ted aren't quite sure what to make of this.
Working on the laptop provided by her employer quickly proved inadequate. She took over my spare desktop with its big screen. She still seems to "Zoom", though, using various devices from random places around the house. The kids and I never know quite where we'll fall over her during managers' meetings, which seem to be numerous.
Now she's decided she needs a more permanent base. So we're buying desk and chair and accompanying kit...
I asked the obvious question, "would the employer compensate us?".
"No, I'll be lucky to keep my job", was the inevitable answer.
We've all got personal stories.
I'm hoping our COVID-19 and home-working survey is at least encouraging discussion within organisations and I'd really like to hear more of your thoughts.
Here's some more reading...
Will Covid kill off the office?
UK weather: what are your rights when working from home during heatwave?
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