Working from home is working for me.

Now that I have been working from home for the last four months, I have started to notice a few things both positive and negative – but mostly working from home is working for me.


I’m quite fortunate that I have been able to set up a reasonably comfy temporary office where I can still separate home life from work. I’m also lucky to have a decent size garden so I can escape from the office on a sunny day and spend some time outside cutting the grass or tending to our fruit and veg. I do have a great view from my makeshift office of the garden and have noticed the wildlife a bit more. With the countless number of little birds, a family of woodpeckers, the acrobatic squirrels and the resident fox all very active throughout the day. It’s this that has made me appreciate my home a bit more and my surrounding areas that I have had more time to explore.


Not having to commute has saved me a lot more time in the day for activities that I want to do. It has also saved me a bit of money plus the fact I’m not spending as much eating out for lunch or the post work pints. Overall, I believe I have been more productive and have learned a lot more form my secondment in DLAM and my digital skills training. This has now helped me into my new role of Learning Technology Support Officer that I will be starting in August.


There are however a few negative things I have noticed. Firstly, my broadband speed is terrible! This isn’t great when your job revolves around being online. Thankfully, fiber is on its way, so I just have to put up with it for a little longer.


Another negative is that I’m not moving as much during the day. When I was back in the office I was out and about on campus going to meetings and visiting teaching spaces. I was averaging 15000 steps in the day but now my Garmin is happy enough if I make it out of bed in the morning!


I’m also missing interactions with my colleagues where you can see how they are getting on, how their weekend was or even quickly work through an issue that a user is having. Now it’s a Teams message or a scheduled video call between other meetings.


I was in the office today, however, conducting one of my final duties with LST and it was good to get back on campus. It was strange to work in a computer lab without any students to dodge around whilst trying to fix PCs. The area has been set up well with social distancing measures, one-way traffic and hand sanitizer stations but it did seem quite eerie with the lack of staff and students.


It looks like I will be home working for a bit longer than most of my LST colleagues. It would have been nice to meet up with them before I finished but I guess it will have to wait. I’m quite excited to see how hybrid teaching will look for semester one and I’m looking forward to the challenges it brings. I’m also looking forward to meeting my new colleagues and starting my new role as I continue to progress in my career supporting learning technologies.


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