On remote work and illness. And squirrels.
I am sitting here, in front of my desk in my home office, nursing the effects of an ongoing coronavirus party through my system that has knocked me flat for a while. It is quite remarkable how much it affected me - a triple-vaccinated and reasonably fit individual. I can only assume that without the little bit of help from medical science I could have been in serious bother. So please get vaccinated!
But I digress...
The downtime has given me some time to muse upon the nature of remote work and being ill first-hand. Here are my thoughts jotted down between periods of brain fog (necessarily short - my current concentration span is still roughly...OH LOOK, A SQUIRREL!)
If you don't feel well enough to go into a physical office, do not "go into work" remotely
By the way, one other thing. If you are the kind of office worker who does habitually struggle in to the physical office regardless when not feeling well, please just stop. For me (and others!), this breaks the No Asshole rule of the civilised workplace. Doubly so now, with covid so prevalent. Seriously, just don't. Presenteeism can now kill. Be kind, and err on the side of caution.
That's all for now, folks. I feel another squirrel approaching...