4 May Working from home…

So we are coming to the end of week 6 of lockdown and it feels like forever. I never thought I’d say this but I miss my daily commute to London on the train with my fellow passengers all in our own little worlds. I wonder when all this is over if that will change… hopefully conversations will start with these people we see every day and normally just nod and smile but maybe we will have learnt during this period of staying at home that it’s good to talk. 

I like to talk and although I have been unable to converse in person with my work colleagues, family and friends having the wonderful technology available to us means I have been able to… what would we do without video-conferencing!! Not good though when someone books a VC at the last minute and I haven’t done my hair or makeup!! But all this has given us a new sense of camaraderie, we are all affected in the same way and we are in this together.

Even though I am lucky enough to still be working and able to easily from home, I am also using this time to reflect and to think about when we get through this  how different our lives might be; we will likely need to change the way we have been used to doing things and adapt. So I see this time as a real opportunity for creativity and exploration.  My inspiration is coming from the lovely Spring time weather, to see everything bursting into life and the birds singing their joyful songs, it signifies new beginnings. I am fortunate to live in a rural area and have a garden (which I don’t usually see much of) but it is helping me to consider being  kinder to myself and to be thankful I have good health which at this time we all need to be grateful for. 

If I was told I could take one thing back to the office when we are allowed back it would be this… to take my garden with me and re-create that “Spring feeling”, to provide a positive and stimulating environment which will make us all smile and adapt to new beginnings…

Amanda Fries (Group Operations Director)