Kathleen

I am getting by by likening the situation to e-kindergarten. I’m a civil servant and although I do not have to interact with students per se, I can attest that I have been doing a lot of teaching and learning.

Here in Ontario, Canada, we are indeed working from home (WFH). We are entering week three. The civil service as moved to distributed but connected mode — just as in an in-person office, we field calls, respond to email, initiate chats and participate in conference meetings. Work to deadline.

As you can appreciate from you own experience, it has been pretty intense. We have all to do what we do using a new to us suit of tools. We are producing while we are learning.

The combined intensity of the interaction (more of it, more of it recorded) and the general worry over the duration has made for a more stressful situation. It’s not a holiday.

Here’s my takeaway for this first week of WFH:

(1) I actually feel more connected to more of my colleagues not so much due to the technology as to the ethos of care that is permeating our interactions.

(2) I feel stimulated by the new learning. It is all like learning to read (orientation) and write (action) in a different mode. Reminds me of my teaching days (with great pleasure).

We also find ourselves advocating for some kind of arrangement (still being planned) for the folks with kids of whatever age at home. For those of us with kids, this matters since if our colleagues burn out, the team’s performance will not be optimal. Plus we have heard stories of those kids as the grow up. We are attached. Their well being is important to us too.

Distanced but not isolated.

Thanks for the air time

F