A couple of months before the pandemic our CEO at work resigned, and this week a new one has been appointed. A woman (which I’m stoked about - we’re a financial institution and women in leadership positions are still very uncommon) who was previously the director for customer relations, having responsibilities around our branches and our customer-facing online presence.
So the interesting thing about her appointment is that she used her introduction to inform us that at the end of the Coronavirus crisis we will not be returning to a ‘presenteeism’ culture. In fact we’ve been significantly more productive working remotely, that the office is likely to become a ‘tool’ that we go and use when we need to, but otherwise the default position will be to work from home.
So my current setup and routine are all based around the idea that this would be a temporary deal. Three to six months and then back to how things were before (with some added social distancing). This no longer appears to be the case, so I need to get my act together, and make sure that my working arrangement is sustainable, healthy, and productive in the long term.
I know we have pretty much the whole spectrum of working lifestyles represented here. So I’m looking for any observations, advice, recommendations, etc that you folks have. I’ve been a 9-5 office guy for about 20 years. This is a significant shift.