Don’t Look Now: It’s Work From Home: The Sequel!

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Months ago, some of us faced a COVID-19 challenge: to work from home. Some eventually returned to the office. Now I’m staying home again!

Have you had to work from home this year? Back in March, my boss asked me if I could work from home because of the pandemic. We drastically reduced the headcount at work to try to keep people separated.

It seemed to work quite well.

As for actually working from home, even that worked pretty well. Since I work primarily in digital, I can do about 75% of my work at home via Wifi. I have to actually log in to my work computer at the office to do about another 20% of my work.

For that roughly 5% that I can’t do from home, someone at work has to go push a couple of buttons occasionally.

Otherwise, I’m fortunate that I can work from home and get almost everything done.

For a while, it looked like the number of COVID-19 cases seemed to be dropping. I didn’t think for a moment, as at least one prominent politician did, that COVID-19 would magically “disappear” after the election.

It appears to be quite the opposite.

Here in South Carolina, for example, during the first 15 days of October, we averaged 656 new cases per day. During the first 15 days of November, however, that figure jumped to 1,059.

I keep hearing leaders say the numbers are going in the wrong direction. I’d say this is a good example of that trend.

Out of “an abundance of caution,” a phrase I wish would go away, my employer is reducing the headcount at the office again. No, I don’t mean layoffs or job cuts. I mean the number of people who are physically in the building at any one time.

Given my ability to get the majority of my work done from my home, it made sense for me to stay home.

So starting this week, I’ll do precisely that.

I figured up the other day that when traffic in Charleston isn’t crazy — which often isn’t the case — my “normal” commute from my new place is only about 90 seconds. Now that I have that short of a commute, for the foreseeable future, I won’t have to leave home at all.

I can definitely live with that. And I know the Collie won’t mind having me home, either!

Still, I’ll be delighted when a vaccine is proven and is available. Like the end of 2020, it can’t come soon enough!

Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.